Lincoln County Commissioners are trying to chart a different course for the county’s animal shelter. Today they asked County Counsel Wayne Belmont to explore creating a special taxing district to provide animal shelter services for Lincoln County. A special five year property tax override aimed at supporting the shelter was passed in 2009 so the county has some time to come up with a “middle of the road” plan that doesn’t pit one side against the other as to what the management model should be. Sheriff Dennis Dotson has contended that the non-profit Friends of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter (FOLCAS) doesn’t have the experience or the transparency of a public agency, while FOLCAS claims that animal shelters nationwide are run by non-profits and at far lower cost to the taxpayers than those run strictly with higher paid public employees.
Discussions before the Board of Commissioners wound their way through a number of variations of several management themes including a special district with the commissioners acting as the board of directors, but with a strong advisory or oversight committee. The revenues from such a tax 35% to pay for the Sheriff’s Animal Control Officer operations, and 65% for the Animal Shelter itself. Animal Control Officers are often called to respond to serious criminal investigations (especially drug houses) where guard dogs are usually a part of the situation; not something non-profit employees would want to have anything to do with.
Belmont told NewsLincolnCounty.com that he will try to have something for county commissioners to review within a month. Again, all this appears headed for the voters who will have the final say on any special district consideration.
Newport Fishermen’s Wives have come through for the “just opened” Newport Food Pantry. Here you see some of the members along with Wives Treasurer Connie Kennedy handing over a $600+ check to Pantry Manager Kathy Myers and her Guy Friday (and husband) Jim Myers. Also pictured is Wives Secretary Bekki Wagner and Wives member Deanne Barnhard with her daughter Ali.
The gift followed another successful annual Newport Wild Seafood Weekend and Great Newport Wild Seafood Cook-Off held last month at Newport’s Port Dock 7. A portion of the proceeds were designated to help the pantry with their ongoing mission to help feed hungry people in Newport, which has become a growing concern as the recession has dragged on. The pantry was created as a partnership with Lincoln County Food Share to more efficiently distribute food to the needy. The pantry is located to the rear of of the First Presbyterian Church at 227 NE 12th in Newport.
Although Food Share provides a great deal of food to the pantry, as it does to pantries county-wide, supplies are limited. So Food Pantry Manager Kathy Myers says there is always a very large need for food donations from the public at large. And, of course money donations as well, no matter how large, no matter how small. The pantry has a simple, straight-forward website that everyone can check out at www.NewportFoodPantry.org
A Newport area man with an already lengthy list of sexual crimes charged against him is back in the Lincoln County Jail for more. Ian Williams, 21, has been arrested on additional charges in connection with a 15 year old runaway girl. His current bail is $1.75 million.
* Two counts of third degree Rape
* Two counts of Sexual Abuse
* Two counts of Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor
* Four counts of Displaying a Child with Sexual Conduct
His jail booking docket shows a longer list of sexual crimes he has been charged with and for which he already has court dates. Under one docket he faces:
* One count of first degree Rape
* One count of second degree Rape
* One count of Sexual Abuse
* On count of first degree Sexual Penetration with a foreign object
* One count of second degree Sexual Penetration with a foreign object
Then another docket:
* Three counts of first degree Rape
* One count of Strangulation
* One count of Sexual Abuse
* One count of Burglary
* One count of first degree Sexual Abuse
* Two counts of second degree Sexual Abuse
* Two counts of third degree Sexual Abuse
* One count of Stalking a Minor
Motorists stuck in traffic waiting for bridge to clear
Photos Courtesy some rather frustrated drivers
There has been a three car accident has fouled traffic on the Yaquina Bay bridge, Newport police are asking everyone to stay out of the area and not use the bridge for at least the next half hour while they clear the wreck.
Oregon Public Health officials have received the first report of an Oregonian hospitalized with the flu.
The Lincoln County Health Department reported that the 61-year-old woman who was hospitalized with influenza has recovered.
Although flu activity remains low so far this season, this is the first report of hospitalization for flu.
“Every flu season is different, and influenza can affect people differently,” said Paul Cieslak, M.D., of Oregon Public Health. “Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.”
There are plentiful supplies of flu vaccine throughout Oregon. Public Health officials recommend that everyone 6 months of age or older get vaccinated. Vaccination is especially important if you’re in one of these groups:
* Pregnant women.
* Children 6 months through 4 years of age, and especially those 6 months to 23 months of age.
* People 50 years of age or older.
* Anyone with underlying medical conditions such as chronic pulmonary conditions including asthma; cardiovascular conditions, (except isolated hypertension); renal, hepatic, neurological, hematologic or metabolic disorders including diabetes mellitus; and immunosuppression, including those caused by medications or HIV.
* People in long-term-care facilities.
* People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu.
In addition to getting immunized, it’s also important to ward off the flu and other viruses and bacteria by these methods:
* Protect yourself and others by washing your hands often.
* Cover your mouth with something other than your hand when you cough.
* If you’re sick, go see the doctor but otherwise try not to go out and expose others to your illness.
To get more information about influenza and to find out where you can get vaccinated against the flu, visit flu.oregon.gov.