There is soooo much going on this weekend that it could wear out even the most attention deficit disordered among us. Starting Friday and running into Saturday there’s a Festival of Trees, a Yachats Big Band Dance, Angels Anonymous and a Festival of Trees for needy families, a Denny’s fundraiser for needing kids in Tillamook, a Sea of Lights and Santa in Newport, the Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra, Holiday Jazz, a Lighted Boat Parade, a Whale of a Christmas, even a Sea Lion Encounter! If that doesn’t cap off your Saturday, then you can still be part of a Non-Native Plant Eradication and Glass Float Hunt, if you step lively!!
Then on Sunday, a big Pancake Breakfast with Santa, the play “Moon for the Misbegotten,” and then swing by the Lincoln County Historical Society Museum for their latest exhibits.
And if your not worn out by then, there is the Yachats Winter Celebration! Still not done in?? Try your hand at creating some “Flash non-fiction as you write the Quick, Wicked Half-Page Essay! (We’re not making this up.)
Now, the times and places for all of the above for said weekend, coming up. It’s all in the Oregon Coast today, of course. Click here!
Provided by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
NEWPORT – With the commercial Dungeness crab season delayed until at least Dec. 15, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds recreational crabbers the ocean is closed to them also.
Recreational harvest of Dungeness crab in Oregon’s bays and estuaries remains open.
“Sport crabbing in the ocean is delayed along with the commercial season,” said Justin Ainsworth, ODFW shellfish biologist. “We wanted to remind people of the delay because it’s pretty nice out there right now and weather forecasts are good into next week.”
The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season on the Oregon coast normally opens on Dec. 1, but can be delayed to ensure a high-quality product for consumers. Testing in November showed that crab in the majority of test areas coast wide did not meet minimum quality criteria. Fishery managers in Oregon, Washington and California decided to delay the opening at least until Dec. 15 to allow time for the crabs to fill out with more meat.
It’s been a busy month at the pantry. We distributed roughly 4,000 more pounds of food in November than we did in October. Newport residents have been very generous helping us keep the shelves full of food.
We love any donation but especially need peanut butter, canned meats, canned soups, canned ready to eat chili and stew, cereal and oatmeal, flour, and dried milk.
Our collection containers are in many convenient locations including Walmart, Best For Hearing, Jan’s Pool Supply, Elizabeth Street In, Habitat For Humanity Restore, Newport Police Department, Animal Medical Care (pet food), Umpqua Bank, South Beach Christian Fellowship, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Atonement Lutheran Church, Church of the Nazarene, Longview Hills, Pacific Homes Beach Club, and, of course, Newport Fire Department where food and donations can be dropped off 24 hours per day. We’ll also have bins at the Festival of Trees event at the Best Western all next week.
Now that winter is here, fresh produce is at a premium so, if your garden is still producing, I’ll be happy to receive anything at the pantry Tuesday thru Saturday. Vegetables and fruits fly off the shelves when they are available because it’s the only opportunity many have to enjoy those items.
A big thank you goes out to everyone in Newport who gave so generously in November, including those who brought us some frozen turkeys. You’ve helped make this holiday period more pleasant for some very grateful families.
Newport Food Pantry
227 NE First Street
You’ve seen us mention many times here on News Lincoln County that local food pantries, nationwide, are having to go to great lengths to keep from having to turn away hungry families. Many are former middle class families who have run out of unemployment checks, cannot find a job, have spent down what savings they had and are facing what most people consider to be the “the unimaginable” for a country with so much wealth. They are very nearly homeless with very little to eat. And they have children who need a nutritious diet in order to build strong, healthy bodies.
But again, as we’ve mentioned before, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced recently that their own program of emergency food deliveries has been cut nearly in half due to budget cuts. And it’s thrown thousands of local food pantries for a loop. They’re frantically launching food drives and asking for cash donations so they can buy more nutritious foods for their growing number of hungry families.
A local coffee shop has jumped in to help the Yachats Food Pantry continue to feed them. Yachats Village Bean owner Barbara Shepherd and her employees are holding “Tipsy Tuesdays” every Tuesday to funnel all customer tips into a big jar which is then turned over to the Yachats Food Pantry to buy food. In fact Barbara sends a “shout out” to other area coffee shops to join in her campaign.
To take it a step further, maybe other “tip oriented” businesses, like restaurants and watering holes, might consider a similar campaign.
Georgia Pacific (GP) in Toledo has just released the results of a recent survey of their paper mill’s effluent that is discharged three-quarters of a mile offshore from Nye Beach. GP officials say it shows they are not damaging the ocean environment and that DEQ has extended their discharge permit administratively.
The study was commissioned by GP and conducted by international engineering firm CH2M Hill. The million dollar “plus” analysis was conducted over a series of months not only at the effluent pipe mixing zone, but as far north as Beverly Beach and as far south as south South Beach. A total of 15 samples sites were tested for the effluent’s effects on water quality and the ocean food chain. In every test GP says test results showed GP’s effects on the sea environment is well below any threshold of concern as established by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
In ocean floor sediment samples, GP reports that there are no detectible levels of phenols or cyanide and that metals levels are well below screening criteria at South Beach, South Yaquina, and North Yaquina testing areas. Levels of silver, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, mercury, nickel, lead, selenium, tin and zinc were all at tiny fractions of any level that DEQ would consider “of concern.”
GP also reports that the abundance of what are called Benthic Infauna (bottom of the food chain fish food) appears to be unaffected by the effluent as well as its infauna richness and diversity.
As for water quality measures, GP’s study shows their effluent having little effect on temperature, salinity, water density, dissolved oxygen, or turbidity. However, when tested for how clear the water was near the effluent outfall, the survey showed that there is noticeable clouding of the water from a depth of three feet down to around 15 to 20 feet.
Across all water quality samples taken test results showed very minute traces of silver, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, mercury, nickel, lead, selenium, tin and zinc; all well below any levels “of concern.” However, the presence of cyanide in water samples showed levels reaching a third of the level that would be “of concern” right at the mouth of the effluent pipe. But the cyanide level drops off to what appears to be ambient levels at all other water sample sites from Beverly Beach down to the southerly part of South Beach.
When contacted by News Lincoln County, a top DEQ official said that the survey results were carefully scrutinized by DEQ experts and that based on their findings DEQ has administratively extended GP’s discharge permit. They say they will be revisiting the GP operations in the near future to do a more comprehensive analysis of as part of their discharge permit review that is scheduled every five years.