The Annual Newport Holiday Lighted Boat Parade cruised Yaquina Bay Saturday evening to the delight of locals and visitors alike. They admired the splendid lights on the passing fishing and pleasure boats; one including a Coast Guard craft.
Steve Power was traveling Highway 101 Saturday evening and as he drove past Siletz Bay looking west he noticed the incredible interplay of sky and water and so, being a photographer, he went out and lassoed the shot quite handily.
Information provided by Laurie Fischer
The Seal Rock Fire Department is having a Christmas tree fundraiser today and tomorrow, Sat Dec 3 and Sun Dec 4, to help raise funds for handicapped access for the Bayshore Club House. Although it will benefit Bayshore specificially, it does benefit the entire community as we allow use the club house without charge to any non-profit organization in Lincoln County.
Approximately 100 Noble Firs were donated to Bayshore. We are selling them for $20 or whatever can be afforded by the purchaser in aid of handicapped access upgrades. There are two lots: one at Bayshore Beach Club parking lot on Oceania (follow the signs from hwy 101) which will be selling trees today and tomorrow from noon to five. The other lot is in Seal Rock on Hwy 101 at Karl Kowalski’s Wood Carvers shop and will be open today only from 10 to 3 p.m. All trees are trimmed and ready to go – sizes range from 5 to 7 foot tall.
Information provided by ODFW
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission set the 2012 groundfish seasons today at its meeting in Portland.
The harvest specifications and season structure for groundfish in ocean waters had earlier been set by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Commission adopted concurrent regulations for commercial and recreational groundfish fisheries in Oregon and state harvest levels for commercial and recreational nearshore fisheries. (The nearshore fishery extends from the shoreline out three miles.)
The Commission also adopted two changes to the sport groundfish seasons for 2012 that are aimed at providing more predictable seasons and reducing the number of early season closures. The first restricts the harvest of groundfish to waters less than 30 fathoms from April to September. In the past, the groundfish fishery was restricted to less than 40 fathoms from April to September in order to reduce impacts on yelloweye rockfish. The second change closes the cabezon season during the winter months of January through March and October through December.
A third change to the sport groundfish fishery regulations implements two in-season management lines, one at Cape Lookout and one at Cape Blanco. In the event that in-season action is needed in the fishery to reduce impacts to yelloweye rockfish, these lines may be used to provide relief to areas on the coast that are disproportionately impacted by depth restrictions.
The Commission approved rule changes that will clarify and simplify the submission of commercial fish tickets, which are used to verify the species and weight of commercially harvested fish.
The Commission approved $378,732 in funding for five restoration and eight enhancement projects recommended by the Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program and $107,178 for three projects recommended by the Access and Habitat Program. The Commission also re-appointed two members of the Access and Habitat Board – Ron Borisch of Keizer and Barry DelCurto or Halfway. The A and H program funds projects that open private land to hunting or improve wildlife habitat.
The Commission approved the transfer of the former site of the Butte Falls Hatchery to the Butte Falls School District. The hatchery was closed in the 2009-11 biennium and the raceways have been removed. ODFW will transfer the three acres of property still under state ownership to the district, which plans to develop an environmental education center on the property.
Finally, the Commission denied a citizen petition that would have liberalized the Landowner Preference Program to include parcels smaller than 40 acres. This program provides big game tags to landowners that don’t draw a tag through the controlled hunt process. Several Commission members preferred to consider any changes to the program during a planned review in 2014.
The Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in Oregon. It generally meets monthly. The next scheduled meeting is Jan. 6 in Salem.
When friends and families come to the Lincoln County Jail to visit an inmate, they have to come inside the jail building, be signed in, screened and then wait for an inmate to come to a secure window area. It takes staff time, and time, of course, is money. So Sheriff Dennis Dotson has agreed to set up a financially self-supporting video system that can be accessed from anywhere in the community, including from the inmate’s home, to conduct inmate visits under a secured internet connection. Sheriff Dotson says use of the system will be affordable. He says it should save the sheriff’s office time and money, as well as as for families and friends who sometimes have to drive long distances to visit a friend or loved one being held in the jail. It’s also easier on children who must see someone they love under stressful circumstances that they may not fully understand.
Here’s the news release issued today by Sheriff Dotson:
Beginning December 7th the Lincoln County Jail will launch a test of a new inmate video visitation program. In cooperation with the jail’s commissary company, TurnKey Corrections, inmates will be able to visit with family and friends via a computer video visitation system. Citizens will be able to log into a webpage and arrange to visit an inmate from home or other locations with access to a computer.
The initial operation of the program will be limited to the jail’s minimum security housing unit, A-pod. The program will be conducted for the next few months to identify and resolve any issues with the software and hardware. During this initial period, the video visitation program will be free to our citizens and inmates to encourage their participation in making the program successful.
The goals of the program are to increase inmate access to family and friends, improve the over all security of the jail by reducing civilian access, reduce child exposure to the correctional setting, and improve operational efficiency through reducing inmate and visitor foot traffic and staff time involved in security screening. The system should be financially self-sufficient and will generally not require tax dollars to maintain.
Inmates will be able to remain in their housing units to receive video calls and will use existing kiosks that are equipped with video cameras and handsets. The kiosks, software, and web services are provided by TurnKey Corrections and they will be responsible for maintaining the system.
When the testing period is finished the program will be offered to all inmates for a fee. Citizens will be able to set up an account via a webpage. The cost of the video calls have not been set but will be affordable and certainly beneficial to our citizens as the rising cost of travel is a factor for those who live in areas outside of Newport including other counties and states.
Citizens will register at www.inmatecanteen.com to have visits. Once registered, citizens will request a visit with an inmate. If the inmate is in the dayroom area and eligible to receive a video call, the inmate simply accepts the call. If the inmate is unavailable, the citizen may try again at a later time and will not be charged until the call is accepted. Detailed instructions will be published before the trial begins and will be available at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office webpage www.lincolncountysheriff.net
For additional information, please contact Sgt. Graham at 541-265-0702.