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Free fishing at Hebo Lake, Saturday, June 9

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Info from USFS

The Hebo Ranger District of the Siuslaw National Forest is hosting a fun-filled day of fishing and other activities on Saturday, June 9 at Hebo Lake Campground as part of Oregon’s annual Free Fishing Weekend. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife employees, along with volunteers, will be available from 8 a.m. until noon to assist youth with fishing. The event is open to the public and kids age 13 and under will receive a free goodie bag.

“Hebo Lake has five accessible fishing platforms, an improved accessible loop trail around the lake, and new picnic tables, grills, and fire rings at all of the camping and picnic sites,” notes Hebo Ranger District Recreation Staff Officer Jacob Rhyne. “Kids and adults alike will have fun at Hebo Lake.”

In addition to fishing, the day’s activities include a casting contest and raffle. Kids can register for the casting contest from 8 to 11 at the shelter. Prizes will be awarded to the most accurate casters. The raffle drawing will be at noon. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must be present to win a prize.

Day use fees will be waived all day Saturday but camping fees still apply. Hebo Lake does not have potable water, so plan on bringing your own water to stay hydrated. Ice and bags will be provided for storing fish.

To find Hebo Lake, turn south from Highway 101 to Highway 22 at Hebo for ¼ mile and then travel east on Forest Road 14 for approximately 4 ½ miles to the entrance of the campground.

For other free fishing locations, click here.

Don Lindly’s last County Commission meeting…

Today was County Commission Chairman Don Lindly’s last county commission meeting. He’s retiring as of 5pm Friday, after which he plans to be at a golf course if it isn’t raining.

Lindly was a bit surprised at the creative way county staff bid him farewell, by donning party-masks-on-a-stick, holding them up to their faces and repeating, “I am Don Lindly,” to show how his public service over the past 21 years has affected their view of public service and that there will always be a part of Don in their lives. However, County Counsel Wayne Belmont added a moment of levity by adding…”If you really are Don Lindly then you wouldn’t be asking for more money because Don would say, no you can’t!”

Lindly thanked everyone for their show of affection and good wishes, adding “it’s been a good run for me. It’s been a rewarding life of public service, working with great people, local, state and federal, including many volunteers. I’ll miss you all. I know I’m leaving the Lincoln County in good hands.”

Lindly said he has been working with great colleagues, and even though they had their disagreements, they disagreed without being disagreeable, always willing to see each others position while staying true to what they believe is best for Lincoln County. Lindly said they’ve been good role models and its reflected in the character of the county’s work force.

In a resolution introduced by Commissioner Bill Hall it was noted that Don Lindly is the longest serving county commissioner in the history of the county. That Don Lindly has served with distinction that honors the office of county commissioner. That Don Lindly has promoted an organizational culture of cooperation, commitment and trust within the commission and throughout all of county government. The resolution notes Lindly’s contribution to Lincoln County by serving on many state and regional boards and committees, always giving Lincoln County a strong voice on important regional and statewide challenges.

At the end, the resolution states that from here on, Don Lindly’s retirement date of June 1st, will forever be Don Lindly Day in Lincoln County. Lindly quipped…”I’ve never had anything named after me except for that leachate pump at the county landfill. And there was never a sign made for it,” to which Public Works Director Jim Buisman spoke up from the back of the room, “Uhhh, you’re right Don. I’ll get right on it” and the crowd broke into clapping and loud laughter.

Lindly said he and his wife had been talking for some time about retiring but never could set a date. But they finally did, and June 1st is his last day of work and Saturday their first day of retirement. So, it’s off to golf, touring the country and visiting family and especially their grandchildren.

Josephine County begins releasing county jail inmates – recent tax election failed – county says it’s out of money


Josephine County Courthouse
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Josephine County’s jail is being reduced by approximately 40 jail inmates today (roughly half the jail population) as cutbacks in jail staffing and deputy sheriff’s on the streets of the county kick in. Among the released inmates are those charged with robbery, assault and sex crimes. A county ballot initiative that would have raised local property taxes to partially make up for disappearing federal timber support payments failed, so county officials say they have no choice. Not only are they partially emptying the jail, the Sheriff is reducing the number of patrol deputies from 25 down to 6.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

Rick Brissette withdraws his candidacy for County Commissioner

Rick Brissette

Lincoln County Public Information Officer Casey Miller today announced that Lincoln City businessman and former Lincoln City City Councilor Rick Brissette has withdrawn his name from the short list of candidates to replace retiring County Commissioner Don Lindly. Miller said Brissette’s notification by email did not include a reason for withdrawing his name.

The short list of candidates is now down to two; social services consultant Theresa Wisner of Lincoln City and former regional manager for Umpqua Bank Doug Hunt who lives in Toledo.

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