9:15pm Report of a water rescue in the Siletz River, upriver from where it empties out into the lagoon that connects to the sea. The rescue is being launched by Lincoln City Fire-Rescue from a popular R/V gathering area which has watercraft launch ramps and docks. It’s about a mile to the east of Kernville.
9:30pm Update: The young girl emerged from the river and was presumably treated for hypothermia. There appeared to be some kind of dispute going on in the parking area that caused the girl to take off and jump into the river. Reports from the scene indicates she’s okay.
These two photos George Meyer took on Thursday, January 21st, of a rockfall from the seacliff on the south base of the next headland north of Devil’s Punchbowl. It can be best accessed from the trail just north of the west end of 3rd Street in Otter Rock.
George points out that one photo shows the setting of the rockfall between two faults in the seacliff and the other illustrates the scale of the rockfall and the size of the blocks, using his wife, Sheila Meyer, for scale. George says he was told that the rockfall had occurred on January 15th or 16th.
George says “I would imagine, as a geologist, that this event occurred in association with high tide, major storm waves, and/or heavy rainfall.”
George and his wife shows how dangerous it can be if you spot water pouring out from seepages in a cliff face. The rainfall acts like a lubricant in the rock fissures that eventually give way and unleash unimaginable power as gravity pulls the boulders – make that “mini-mountains”- toward the sea. This has been a fairly wet winter and walking along the beach the beachcombers should give the cliffs all the room the boulders need should gravity kick in and the hillside comes down.
George Meyer (541) 765-7670 firstname.lastname@example.org.
7:10pm Fire Rescue is enroute to a report of a traffic crash on Highway 50 at milepost 6.5.
Testing reveals second case of England variant of COVID-19 in Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority was notified yesterday that a person in Yamhill County tested positive with the variant COVID-19 virus strain originally detected in the United Kingdom.
The person has no known travel history.
This is the second known case in Oregon of the United Kingdom variant strain, also known as strain B.1.1.7 or SARS-CoV-2 VOC 202012/01. State and county public health officials are investigating the possible sources of infection. The strain has been detected in several states.
Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic. The CDC provides case data information in the United States.
This strain is considered to be more contagious. OHA recommends that all Oregonians take the following steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.
- Maintain six feet of physical distance;
- Wear a face covering when outside the house;
- Practice good hand hygiene;
- Avoid any gatherings with people you don’t live with;
- People who experience symptoms — even mild ones — are urged to consult with a medical provider quickly to get instructions on how to care for yourself and your household members and whether to get tested.