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Oregon Coast Aquarium To the Rescue….again!

The Oregon Coast Aquarium rehabilitated and released a young giant Pacific octopus that was caught in a crab trap back in March.

The 22 pound female octopus was brought to the Aquarium by a crab fisherman on March 26 in an underweight condition with open wounds on her arms. Aquarium staff transferred the octopus to a quarantine area behind-the-scenes, where they spent the past few months treating the cuts and hand-feeding the invertebrate crab to help it gain weight.

Hand feeding the octopus to nourish it back to health. OCA photo

Once the octopus began feeding consistently, staff decided that the octopus’s best chances for survival would be back in the wild.

Within a half hour of receiving the release permit from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Coast Aquarium Octopus Specialist, Lance Hayes, transferred the octopus to the Aquarium dive vessel, Gracie Lynn, for release offshore at South Reef, just south of Newport

“We typically release our Giant Pacific Octopuses offshore back into their natural habitat whenever possible,” said Hayes. “This way there is minimal acclimation to their surroundings, helps eliminate the predation they would encounter in shallower waters, and gives them a better chance to meet a mate and have baby octos for us for the future.”

Once staff identified a location with ample rocky habitat by sonar, Hayes carefully retrieved the octopus from an aerated cooler filled with water and lowered the octopus into the water. She gently left the net and sunk into the ocean depths with arms outstretched.

Octopus release video click here.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium receives octopuses from a variety of sources, typically as donations from fisherman after being caught as bycatch and sometimes through collection with the appropriate state and federal permits.

Depending on capacity and the octopus’s behavior, the Aquarium will either release the animal after rehabilitation or show the animal in an exhibit for guests to see for some time before eventual release. The goal is always to allow the octopuses to reproduce in the wild before they reach senescence—the end of an octopus’s life cycle.

Aquarium visitors have the opportunity to learn about, meet and get hands-on with one of these unique and curious invertebrates on a Giant Pacific Octopus Encounter. Octopus Encounters can be reserved online every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 2 pm at www.aquarium.org.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium creates unique and engaging experiences that connect you to the Oregon Coast and inspire ocean conservation. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S.

Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR. www.aquarium.org, 541-867-3474. Follow us on Facebook.com/OregonCoastAquarium, or Twitter.com/OrCoastAquarium for the latest updates.

All photos and videos courtesy Oregon Coast Aquarium. Their website is full of opportunities to see the great work the OCA performs everyday.

Grillin’ State Rep. David Gomberg in Lincoln City

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Your chance to ‘grill Gomberg!

State Rep. David Gomberg shares news from the legislative session over cheeseburgers fresh from the grill, at OCCC in Lincoln City on Thursday, July 25.
What does the 2019 Legislative Session mean for your business?
On Thursday afternoon, July 25, get caught up with an update from Rep. David Gomberg (D-Otis), at this casual afternoon gathering at the SBDC office at Oregon Coast Community College in Lincoln City.
It’s a chance to ask questions of Rep. Gomberg over a tasty cheeseburger ($6, including soda and chips). The event is free of charge for anyone not eating. 
Rep. Gomberg will arrive at 3 p.m. and the event lasts til 5 p.m. It will be held at the Small Business Development Center office at Oregon Coast Community College’s North County Center in Lincoln City, at 3788 SE High School Drive.

Staff will only prepare cheeseburgers for those who register in advance, so please call 541-994-4166 or email Shirley Hill, OCCC’s North County Coordinator, at Shirley.hill@oregoncoastcc.org, to confirm attendance. Payment accepted at the door.

The Small Business Development Center offers free, confidential, one-on-one business advising to anyone who owns a business or is considering launching one in Lincoln County. To learn more or sign up for advising, visit www.oregoncoastbusiness.com.

Want a pretty city! Get on the Newport’s Planning Commission

CITY OF NEWPORT
SEEKING INTERESTED CITIZENS
TO FILL PLANNING COMMISSION VACANCY

The Newport City Council is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. The City of Newport’s Planning Commission is authorized by ORS 227.020 (Oregon Revised Statutes) and Section 2.05.003 of the City’s Municipal Code. The Planning Commission is comprised of seven appointed members who are city volunteers. The Planning Commission makes decisions directly on various land use issues as well as provides recommendations to the City Council on land use matters.

The Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. If this falls on a holiday, the meeting is moved to Tuesday. Work sessions are typically held at 6:00 P.M. in Conference Room A of the Newport City Hall. The regular sessions are typically held at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers.

Volunteer applications are available on the city’s website at www.newportoregon.gov, under the “committees” link, or by calling Peggy Hawker, at 541.574.0613. Deadline for applications is 5:00 P.M., Friday, July 26, 2019. Council will review the applications, and candidates will be interviewed at the August 5, 2019 City Council meeting, at which an appointment may be made.

Protecting college students from “Wannabee cops on college campuses”

Kaylee Sawyer murdered July 26th while she walked from her apartment to COCC

Governor Kate Brown to Sign Kaylee’s Law in Bend

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown will sign SB 576 into law tomorrow, Thursday July 18 at the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office. Also known as Kaylee’s Law, the legislation was named for Kaylee Sawyer, who was killed by a campus security officer in 2016. Her family proposed the legislation, which was co-sponsored by 24 legislators.

“While this legislation focuses on specific scenarios, at its heart, it is about making our campuses safer for our students. Parents send their children off to college with high hopes for good grades, great friends, and broadened horizons. But they never expect to lose a child,” said Governor Brown. “Kaylee Sawyer’s death was a tragedy, and we want to make sure that this never happens to a promising young Oregonian again.”

Governor Brown will be joined at the event by local legislators and community members.

Chinook and Coho Salmon open a whole new door!

Habitat Restoration Work What Benefits Can We Expect for Salmon and Watersheds?

Thursday, August 1st 2019 6:30 PM
Newport Visual Arts Center

Restoration in the Siletz River Basin, which supports one of the most diverse assemblages of fish species on the Oregon Coast and the fishers who seek them year-round, is about to see the benefits of a major culvert replacement project. Located on North Creek—a tributary to Drift Creek—this project will make over 13 miles of high quality habitat within the Siuslaw National Forest fully accessible to Chinook and coho salmon, steelhead, coastal cutthroat trout, lamprey, freshwater mussels, and other aquatic organisms for the first time in 62 years. At the August 1st MCWC Community Meeting—beginning at 6:30 PM at the Newport Visual Arts Center—Council Coordinator, Evan Hayduk, will provide an update on the ongoing project, and provide context to one of the biggest restoration projects completed during his three year tenure.

Restoration work is at times as much of an art as it is a science, and is never finished until natural processes are restored. Culvert replacements like that at North Creek are just one of a suite of actions the MidCoast Watersheds Council and partners take on the ground to restore habitat and watershed scale processes, supporting salmon and everything else that depend on them. Other actions may include large wood placements, dike removal, invasive species management, and riparian planting and fencing. It takes understanding site characteristics and working in partnership with the landwoners, other organizations, and agencies to determine the right actions for any particular project and to see these tasks through.

Years after these exciting projects wrap up, MCWC continues monitoring them to ensure that the actions taken are working to achieve the desired goals. Evan’s presentation will shed light on the benefits expected or seen from various restoration projects, illustrating before and after conditions on the ground. Evan came to MCWC and Oregon’s Central Coast after almost a decade of work restoring riparian, wetland, sub-alpine, prairie, forested and oak savanna ecosystems in Washington state.

The presentation will begin at 6:30 PM in Room 205 on the upper floor of the Newport Visual Arts Center in Nye Beach, at 777 NW Beach Drive.

Refreshments will be provided. A MidCoast Watersheds Council Board meeting will follow the presentation with the following agenda: financial report, restoration report, technical team report, administrative committee report, and action items. We hope to see you on Thursday, August 1st!

Yachats Quilter to be featured at show!!

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Yachats Quilter To Be Featured at Show

Nan Scott of Yachats, Oregon, has been selected as Featured Quilter for the 2019 quilt show sponsored by the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild (OCQG) August 2 and 3 at the Newport Recreation Center, 225 Avery Street in Newport. Show hours will be 9-5 on Friday, August 2 and 9-4 on Saturday, August 3.

Scott learned to sew when her grandmother taught her how to use a treadle machine. Her first attempt was probably an apron for home economics class. Then she “graduated” to her mother’s 1930s Singer Featherweight. It was well-used, and most of the enamel coating had chipped off, so Nan wore rubber-soled shoes to prevent getting shocked!

The incentive to sew was diminished though, because her family was living in Taiwan. If Nan wanted a dress for a party, she could take a picture from a catalog to a local dressmaker and get a duplicate tailored to fit for about $3 US dollars.

Scott became interested in quilting in the mid-1980s when several of her Oregon State University colleagues would gather to tie baby and thrift shop quilts. However, a real passion for the creative art of quilting had to wait until retirement in 2003.

OCQG member Gladys Schoonover invited Nan to a meeting in 2004. Gladys’ encouragement and sense of humor brought quilting alive. Since then, guild workshops, friendship groups, and mentors have broadened Nan’s perspective and challenged her to try new directions. Many of her quilts have an Asian theme that stems from the love and respect of the Chinese people engendered when she lived in China and Taiwan.

Since joining OCQG, Nan has built the guild’s original website and served as workshop chair, newsletter editor, president, block of the month coordinator, membership chair, and quilt show co-chair. Nan and several other members started an annual retreat, currently held at the Oregon Garden. Nan says, “Quilters are such compassionate, giving people who will be there for you in joyful times and in heartache. For me, that is the true heart of quilting.”

The annual quilt show, “Quilts by the Sea,” is organized by OCQG. This year’s event will feature about 300 quilts, including the 2019 guild challenge of medallions for future veterans’ quilts.

Other quilt show features include a vendor mall, members’ boutique, displays of guild activities, and a children’s corner. A two-day silent auction of small quilts will be conducted; half the proceeds of the auction will be donated to a local charity. The 4-H Coastal Ranchers will offer snacks and light lunches during the show.

The guild has more than 200 members throughout Lincoln County and beyond. Additional information about the show and the guild is on their website, www.oregoncoastalquilters.org.

 

 

 

 

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