The Coast Guard has just broadcast a notice to area boaters and fishing vessels that there is a 23′ pleasure boat adrift with a dead engine about 10.2 miles due west of Newport. The Coast Guard broadcasted the information to mariners in the area that might be able to tow the vessel back to port.
The Coast Guard says the Striper pleasure boat is located at 44.37.334N, and 124.20.563W. Anyone who can help should notifiy the Coast Guard on Radio Channel 16.
This will be a rather high profile ballot for Oregon initiatives this November. Initiatives that would eliminate the “Kicker Rebate” for Oregon corporations, eliminate the state estate tax, legalize marijuana, approve unlimited gambling in Portland, and eliminate gillnet fishing in the Columbia River are all on the ballot. The TV ads for at least a couple of these may have TV viewers lunging for their remote controls to turn down the volume.
Report of a shed fire in the 300 block of Old River Road. Some one with a quick garden hose may have knocked most of it down. Firefighters arrived on scene to finish it off. Toledo Fire mutual aid has been cancelled. So it must be well in hand.
Favorite puppeteer returns to Lincoln County Libraries
Lincoln County’s public libraries’ Dream Big, READ! summer reading programs are featuring very popular performers from Dragon Theater Puppets for summer fun on Wednesday and Thursday, July 11 and 12. All children and families are invited to attend one of these free programs.
Wednesday, July 11, the puppets will be at Waldport Public Library (10 a.m.), Newport Public Library (1 p.m.), and Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City (6:30 p.m.). On Thursday, June 28, they will be at Toledo Public Library (11 a.m.) and Siletz Public Library (1:00 p.m.).
“Jason Ropp and his company of puppets are a staple of our summer reading shows,” says Rebecca Cohen at Newport Library. “This summer they are once again performing an original show written specifically for libraries, Rocket Hamster’s Dreamy Space Odyssey. Jason is a very talented performer who writes the scripts, makes all his puppets and performs all the roles. If folks have young visitors in town, this is a great show to bring them to.”
To see more about the puppets, check out their website by clicking here. And here’s a You Tube offering!
The Oregon Department of Agriculture announces the closure of recreational mussel harvesting from Tillamook Head south to Heceta Head, about 13 miles north of Florence in Lane County on the central Oregon Coast, due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins. The closure includes mussels found on the beaches, rocks, jetties, and bay entrances in this section of the Oregon Coast.
The closure does not affect recreational clam harvesting on the north coast. Coastal scallops are not affected by this closure when only the adductor muscle is eaten. The consumption of recreationally caught whole scallops is not recommended. Crab are not affected by this level of toxin and are safe to eat.
All areas on the Oregon Coast north of Tillamook Head and south of Heceta Head remain open to all recreational shellfish harvesting.
Shellfish contaminated with paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs) can cause minor to severe illness or even death. The symptoms usually begin with tingling of the mouth and tongue. Severe poisoning can result in dizziness, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, paralysis of the arms and legs, and paralysis of the muscles used for breathing.
Cooking will not destroy the shellfish toxins.
Shellfish toxins are produced by algae and usually originate in the ocean. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins weekly, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.
For more information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures Web page at ODA shellfish closures.