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WARNING!! Big waves coming ashore

Photo by Steve Jurvetson

The National Weather Service says ocean beach waves along the Oregon Coast could reach up to 20 feet by the end of this week. That would be the highest seas since last winter.  The Weather Service warns mariners of all varieties that sea conditions will be quite threatening.

NWS says waves will climb from an average of 5 feet high to up to 12 feet, with maximum heights at or exceeding 20 feet Thursday through next weekend.  That’s nearly as high as a two story house.   So imagine your surfboard slicing its way across those wave faces!

As for winds, they could reach 35 miles per hour on Wednesday so any big wave ride you’re on, you could be completely wind-blown away and find yourself caught up in waves as they crash. Those conditions would be dangerous for commercial and recreational boaters and fishers. Might be wise to wait the thing out.

Fear of oil spill turns out to be Depoe Bay Dredge Spoils offshore

                      Coast Guard on scene of discoloration of ocean waters off Depoe Bay.  Cecille Kennedy photos

Contractor employees monitoring dredge transfer of Depoe Bay “muck” to off-shore dump sites.

The Coast Guard is investigating a sizeable discoloration of ocean waters off Depoe Bay.   The citizen caller described it as an oil slick.  Coast Guard and other observers inspected the polluted area and determined that the dark dis-coloration is from dredge spoils from the bottom of Depoe Bay that are being deposited offshore where it can sink to the bottom.  Obviously, some of it is failing to float to the bottom or there’s something else going. The Coast Guard is investigating.

Lincoln City Democratic Club meeting at LC Community Center

Lincoln City Community Center
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The October meeting of the Lincoln City Democratic Club by the Sea, an affiliate of the Lincoln County Democrats, will be held on Thursday, October 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln City Community Center, 2150 NE Oar Place.  All Democrats from Depoe Bay to Otis are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

A note from Dorothy and Bill Kucha in Depoe Bay

Depoe Bay at twilight
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TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS
We would like to shout out a loud BRAVO for the amazingly excellent production of Cheryl Strayed’s (author of Wild) Tiny Beautiful Things.  The production captures so perfectly the message that Love is the answer to so many of the questions and struggles in today’s world.  

We also saw the play in Portland and must proudly admit that our gifted local director, Marc Maislen, captured the spirit and truth of the play above and beyond.  The cast, starring, Sherron Watson as Sugar, was brilliant as was the entire cast who were consistently powerful in their portrayal of their characters.  It is a play of our times and a play not to be missed.  It will warm your hearts and remind you of the blessings of non-judgmental love and kindness.  Please support and enjoy this wonderful production.

Dorothy and Bill Kucha
Depoe Bay
541 765 2451

Obituary: Peggy Carr of Toledo

Peggy Carr
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Peggy Carr

Peggy Carr, 62, of Toledo, Ore., passed away on Sept. 14, 2019.

She was born on April 8, 1957 in Newberry, Mich., to Doris and Claude “Blondie” Sagraves. She married Joseph Carr in Vancouver, Wash., on March 31, 1979.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 29,2019 at 3 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge, located at 161 SE Second St., in Toledo, which will be officiated by her friends and family. Memorials may be given to her online fundraiser organization, GoFundMe, by visiting gf.me/u/vm5757.

Thanks,
                                                     The Carr Family

Waldport Climate Crisis Planning meeting on Oct. 15 postponed until next month.

Waldport Climate Crisis Planning meeting on Oct. 15 postponed until next month.

Seems there are too many other things happening the night of Oct 15.  Therefore so as not to waste time and energy of Paul Engelmeyer, we are going to postpone his presentation as well as cancel the meeting altogether.  Half of the members of our last meeting have already called saying they wouldn’t be coming.  Even though we already put out the news release and had fliers made it doesn’t make sense to call a meeting when not many are available.  So please mention to whomever you think might be coming of the change and we will use our social media to post the cancellation as well as put a notice on the door of the meeting place. These things happen and we need to be flexible.  The problems we are facing will still be here next month, besides it will give the various committees more time to prepare their reports.

I will send you all an update concerning our next meeting.
Thanks for understanding.

 

Celebrating the restoration of a salmon run up Drift Creek!!

Drift Creek Before
Notice huge debris field in the background...

Repaired stream zone
Drift Creek

Lots of work hours getting that culvert “just so.”

Finally, culvert ready for some mass fish transit!

Brand new to the neighborhood….

Many hands make for muddy work….

In 2015 a group of about 60 concerned anglers wrote a letter to the US Forest Service Hebo Ranger District about a barrier that was blocking the migration of salmon in North Creek, a tributary to Drift Creek. Construction started a few short months ago after nearly 5 years of project design, fundraising, and planning. Now, the North Creek fish passage project has finally been completed and for the first time in 62 years, Chinook and coho salmon, as well as, steelhead, cutthroat, and a myriad of other aquatic species are starting to freely pass into the upper extent of this watershed.

To celebrate, The Native Fish Society and it’s partners are hosting an event October 19th from 1-6pm at the Drift Creek Camp. Activities involved will include a hike into the headwaters of North Creek, salmon viewing, and a short overview of the site history, project design, and expected results (scheduled to take place at 2pm). With the forecasted rains the middle of next week, we may be able to see salmon swimming through the site!!!

Please share the opportunity to see this project with anyone you feel would be interested, and be sure to checkout a few of the photographs included below.

Here is a link to the North Creek Salmon Celebration on our website: https://nativefishsociety.org/events/north-creek-celebration, as well as the event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1116341595243195/.

Thanks for all of your contributions to this effort, and I hope to see you at the event on October 19th!

Paying property taxes in Lincoln County just changed….

Lincoln County Courthouse

Beginning with tax year 2019-20 Lincoln County property taxpayers will no longer be able to make their property tax payment at these local banks: Bank of the West, Columbia Bank or First Interstate Bank.

Local banks and Lincoln County will discontinue this convenience as of October 25, 2019.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. This change is to facilitate efficiencies and to comply with banking rules and future decisions of local banks who may phase out the collection of property taxes for Lincoln County.

Lincoln County has many other payment options for our property taxpayers which include the following:

* Make a payment “online “through our website with credit card, debit card or electronic check.
* Make a payment through your own online banking institution.
* Pay at our service counter in person, with cash, cashier’s check, money order, personal check or business check.

* Pay by mail, postmark accepted.
* Go to the local post office and get a date stamp and ask for a certificate of mailing. Pay at our drop box located on the Lincoln County Courthouse parking lot.

For more information, or questions please call: Lincoln County Tax Department at 541-265-4139

Federal Judge OK’s Legal Immigrant Access to Public Benefits…

Governor Kate Brown
Lauds court ruling to NOT block legal immigrants from accessing health care and other benefits…

Governor Brown today thanked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for issuing an immediate injunction to temporarily prevent the federal “Public Charge Rule” from taking effect on October 15.

The rule would allow the federal government to block immigrants who live in the United States legally from receiving a green card or visa if they apply for health care benefits like the Oregon Health Plan, public food benefits, or housing benefits. The rule would apply even for immigrant parents applying for services with American children, born in the United States.

“Today’s injunction from the court validates what we believe as Oregonians: this rule is wrong, and we will not stand for intolerance in America,” said Governor Brown. “As a state, and as a nation, we would not be who we are today without the contributions of immigrants to our communities, our economy, and our way of life. This new rule was designed by the Trump administration to intimidate working immigrants who live here lawfully, simply for trying to provide for their children.

“Effectively, this rule would force parents to choose between receiving a green card and making sure their children are healthy, fed, or sheltered. It is malicious bureaucracy from the Trump administration, meant to spread fear and confusion in our immigrant communities.”

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said, “The court has agreed with us that the federal government’s cruel attempt to keep immigrants from accessing even modest public assistance is inconsistent with U.S. law. Families and parents should not have to live in fear that their immigration status will be jeopardized because they need a little help with food and shelter.”

While some State of Oregon-administered benefits are already affected by current rules, this new rule would impact additional benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), that serves more than 600,000 Oregonians, as well as some Medicaid programs. More than 250,000 immigrants work in Oregon, and 132,000 children are covered by the Oregon Health Plan have at least one immigrant parent.

Without an injunction from the court, the new rule would have taken effect on October 15, 2019. In August, Oregon joined a lawsuit with California, Maine, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia to challenge the new rule. A coalition of 13 states also filed a separate lawsuit to challenge it. The federal judge in that case also issued a nationwide injunction today.

While the new rule has not yet taken effect, local health departments workers have already reported that some immigrant families are reluctant to apply for SNAP or the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) for their children, worried that doing so would soon jeopardize their visa or green card.

“Today’s federal court injunction is a positive step for the health of Oregon communities,” said Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen. “Health care providers and community non-profits have told us that the proposed public charge rule has contributed to a climate of fear in immigrant communities that has deterred parents from seeking health care for their children, kept struggling families from accessing nutrition assistance and discouraged other sick and vulnerable people from using needed health care services. Health care should not be stigmatized as a public assistance benefit or used against anyone in an immigration proceeding. We all benefit when more people in Oregon––regardless of immigration status––have health coverage that ensures they can receive high quality, affordable health care.

False Alarm – Fire Alarm going off at Sam Case Elementary School in Newport

12:53pm – Report of a fire alarm going off at Sam Case School at 459 NE 12th.

9-1-1 operators call the school.  Get no answer.

12:56pm – Firefighters arrive on scene.  No smoke showing.

12:58pm – Firefighters say it’s a false alarm caused by alarm company employees working on the school’s fire alarm system.  Accidental alarm trigger.

Surfrider Foundation: Who Let the Poop Out?

Most Oregon coasties will tell you that September is one of the more cherished months of the year. That time when the tourists start to dwindle, the northerly winds die down turning easterly and grooming early fall swells to the surfer’s delight. Salmon are coming into the rivers and the weather is at its best all year. But for one of the surfer’s most beloved months of the year, this September brought a plague of health advisories for water quality contact at some of the most popular beaches in our state. From Short Sands to Mill Beach, over 11 beaches tipped the bacteria limit for health advisories in September issued by Oregon Health Authority’s Beach Monitoring Program, leaving many  beachgoers asking, “Who let the poop out?”

September beckons swells to surf and water quality warnings

So what’s the deal with the high bacteria and poopy beach water quality this September?

The short answer is it rained this September and poopy stuff flows with rain to the beach. We call this lots of stuff like runoff, stormwater, etc. but generally speaking, it’s the rain and all the $h#! that washes out with it. The reason we – ocean users like surfers and beachgoers – care is that it rains a lot in Oregon…and the Oregon Health Authority’s Beach Monitoring Program doesn’t monitor during the fall and winter months. The program, which will conclude seasonal testing at the end of September, will essentially be winding down when beachgoers and ocean users are at the greatest risk. This isn’t a new story – this is what our Surfrider Chapters have known for decades and one of the reasons we take monitoring into our own hands with 7 year-round volunteer-run water quality monitoring programs (more on that here). But this month’s mass of advisories has coastal communities and ocean users concerned – understanding why, when and where these bacteria spikes happen can give us clues to solutions.

Surfrider volunteers sample a coastal creek that flows on to the beach on the north coast. Photo: R. Gold Photography

No State beach monitoring occurs during the wet season, when beachgoers and surfers are at greatest risk

The news of these health advisories came shortly after an investigation this summer where Oregon was touted as one of the cleanest state’s in the nation for beaches with fewer advisories than states like California and Florida. The article and reporter did actually do a nice job of highlighting some of our concerns in Oregon, but the data story was more of a solid thumbs up to Oregon beaches. However, given the investigation compiles data from various state’s water quality monitoring programs, which in Oregon does not occur in the rainy months, one might ask, “Is the data and investigation telling us a false narrative of mostly clean beaches?” With our State’s monitoring program this year extending well beyond the usual cut off date of Labor Day and into a rainy September, a new picture emerges for water quality along the Oregon coast – one of likely greater health risk exposure. As the state’s beach monitoring program winds down for season, there will be an absence of advisories to warn beachgoers in the fall and winter…just one shortfall of Oregon not funding our State’s Beach Monitoring Program (we advocate federally for that funding – more on that here).

Small creeks like this one at Seal Rock are generally the vectors carrying bacteria from upland sources to the beaches.

The September Squirts:

How a little rain packs a powerful punch

What exactly happened this September, why was it worse this year? Why the outbreak of bacteria and health advisories when for coastal residents, it seemingly didn’t rain that much.  And, not that much, is exactly the point. What we experienced was a very concentrated “first flush”. The first flush event is a pretty common phenomenon as the dry season concludes with the first big rain that “flushes” all of what’s been accumulating in our urban and rural environments – everything from that dog poop that didn’t get picked up to pesticides, oil, grease, etc.  In highly urbanized places like LA County, this can be a pretty gnarly event, bringing literally tons of litter, plastic and other types of debris from the urban environment. But our first flush this September was more like a series of squirts – a tenth of an inch of rain here, a third there, rarely exceeding a quarter inch at a time. Those successive relatively minor rainfall events, were just enough to start flushing, but due to the low volume of rain, the bacteria flush was really concentrated. The result, health advisories at nearly every beach sampled in Oregon with a freshwater creek that flows across it.

No Health Advisories for Contaminated Freshwater on Beaches

And if the State’s Beach Monitoring Program were to be issuing health advisories for the freshwater sampled in those creeks at the beach, we’d have seen A LOT more health advisories this September. In fact, from September 1-18 there would have been over 20 additional health advisories based on the number of creeks that exceeded health limits for recreational water contact through the state’s beach monitoring program.

The above table shows the results from the testing performed by the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program on September 9th. All of the yellow highlighted samples exceeded the health advisory limit for recreational contact, but none of the samples indicated ‘freshwater’ had a health advisory issued, despite known contamination.

So, here is the second biggest shortfall of not funding the State’s Beach Monitoring – health advisories are not issued for freshwater sampled at beach creeks outfalls, despite exceeding water quality limits and often greater public exposure than ocean water. 

What can we take away from all of this? September 2019 has been a good indicator of some of the downfalls of not properly funding our State’s Beach Monitoring Program. It also further reinforces Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force Program and all the related Clean Water Initiative programs, campaigns and activities our Surfrider volunteers invest their time and energy in – a shout out to all those beach volunteer warriors out there!

Here’s how you can help:

Advocate for state funding of Oregon’s State Beach Monitoring Program

Tell your elected officials you want year-round monitoring, when beachgoers and ocean users are at the greatest risk. Our greatest health risks and exposure at beach creeks and freshwater outfalls have known levels of contamination monitored by the state’s program, yet the state isn’t funded to actually issue a health advisory on the contamination (crazy, right?). Oregon should invest in the state’s monitoring program not only to fill these gaps and protect public health, but also because relying on consistently budget-vulnerable federal funding puts the entire program, and your health, at risk. We don’t want to demonize the State’s Monitoring Program, on the contrary we are strong partners and supporters of the program, we just want to see the State wholly fund these shortfalls.

Volunteer and/or Support Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force Program

Surfrider is out there year round because the state and no other monitoring is when we care the most…and we’d rather do it ourselves and know before we go surf or to the beach than wait on someone to do it for us. The volunteer monitoring program did precede the state’s monitoring program and in many way is much more extensive. Volunteering in Oregon to help us sample not only gets you to the beach, but it helps us keep others informed; and, our longterm monitoring and data really does help local communities investigate for water quality solutions.  Further, our volunteers raise 100% of the funds to support these labs so if you don’t have the time to volunteer, supporting one of our labs financially through a sponsorship is an amazing way to contribute – check out how Wilsonville Subaru partnered with our Portland Chapter to support our North Coast water quality lab…groovy story coming soon on that, but an idea for corporate supporters out there as well!

North Coast Surfrider volunteers Jesse Jones and Doug Mitchell collect field samples for our Surfrider’s north coast Blue Water Task Force program. Photo: R. Gold Photography

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Popular Accordian Player and Singer passes away in Newport…

Lozelle Jennings
Accordion + Harmonica + Singer!
Passes away…

A beloved local musician passed away on Oct. 7, Monday morning. 
 LOZELLE JENNINGS 
 was known to many musicians and music-lovers as the founding father of 
The PentaCoastal Blues Jam, which met faithfully every Sunday in Newport for over 8 years. 
The musicians who wandered in and out over the years, ranged from local lawyers ~ at least three of them ~ to a local high school music teacher to beginners to professional musicians.

Of course, it wasn’t only the music that drew people. There was a comradery and fellowship between the musicians and the music lovers, nurtured by the kindly presence of the “Ringmaster,” who knew how to work it with style and grace. Lozelle was also the leader of the local blues band, The Purple Cats, who played many gigs in Lincoln County and beyond. Before The Purple Cats, Lozelle was a member or the leader of other bands in California and elsewhere.


Lozelle played accordion, harmonica, and brought a strong vocal presentation to the mix. Snooky Pryor, the great blues harpman, once said he just didn’t see how Jennings could play bass with the left hand, rhythm with the right, plus play the lead through a racked harmonica. “I don’t know,” Jennings said, “I guess it’s a little like juggling cats—if you don’t feel the flow, all you get is scratches, bites, and a lot of yowling. 

Lozelle Jennings found his place in Seal Rock in 2003. He says, “Having pulled up stakes over sixty times, I’m pretty good at relocating and getting along with folks. But I feel a special family bond to Oregon.” Although he was referring to familial bonds, bond with us he did. Lozelle, we will miss you so much. You will always be in our hearts.


Lozelle was very supportive of other musicians and did what he could to help out with his experience and expertise. He ran a tight ship, one that sailed us to islands of Blues Paradise. A memorial Celebration of Life is being planned that will likely draw several hundred musicians and fans from near and far.

Join the FaceBook page, Newport Rocks, to stay tuned in.
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