Hatfield Marine Science Center
Coping with Climate Change
Oregon State University Philosophy Professor Allen Thompson told a packed Guinn Library at the Hatfield Marine Science Center Wednesday evening that carbon dioxide loading and other green house gas accumulations in the Earth’s atmosphere will soon dictate a much different world than we have today. And we probably won’t like it. He said there is a great deal of scientific evidence that shows if we prevent excessive atmospheric warming in the decades ahead from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, the earth can begin backing away from a rendezvous with very troubling climate extremes.
However, Thompson said trying to get worldwide humanity to agree on how to put the brakes on global warming
will be a daunting task. He posed a number scenarios as seen through the lens of human values. Thompson said one perspective is to view the world’s eco-system as finite in what it can give as well as be subjected to in terms of pollution; thermal and otherwise. He said science strongly suggests that we must be willing to change our attitudes about ourselves and our relationship to the earth in order to lessen the harmful impact on future human generations, not to mention impacts on the Earth’s fish, flora and fauna. Thompson said there is a lot of climate change denial among many American households, but he added that the rest of the world appears to be more substantially on board, more in alignment with proven science that the verdict is in; that climate change is already upon us.
Thompson said discussions must take into account America’s past 60 years that has seen a lifestyle that few scientists would claim the Earth could handle if all humans, presently on the planet, were able to fully participate in. To the extent that the Earth’s bio-sphere is already strained with just the U.S., China and Europe contributing mightily to carbon monoxide loading, serious international discussions are needed if the Earth’s peoples are to avert global disaster. He said it calls into question our definition of what it means to be a human being, what is a sustainable human lifestyle based on energy use patterns, and how do we courageously begin to transform ourselves into good stewards of the Earth; that nurtures and cares for the Earth rather than treating her as we have over the past 200 years. Such discussions suggest major attitude shifts and re-defining what is “healthy” human growth and self-actualizing goals. Perhaps, with our basic physical needs being met, we could enjoy the simple essence of family and community life rather than living lives of unsustainable extraction of the world’s resources as if there won’t be any future generations to be concerned about.
Thompson said he is trying to simply offer the suggestion that the people of the Earth have to realize that things are already not going well with our Earth’s atmosphere and that global discussions to fix it should move and move quickly. He said reaching a global average rise of 4 degrees Celsius is mere decades out and once reached, turning the situation around would be, by no means, assured.
Thompson urged everyone to join the discussion and to inform themselves of the need for an international call for action that meets the Earth’s timeline, for that is the timeline we all must meet.
Thompson’s presentation on the ethical implications for how the world’s peoples should respond to climate change was sponsored by The Ocean Shores Conservation Coalition. For more information about Ocean Shores and how they are reacting to Global Climate Change, just go to their website: Click here.
Correction: City officials say burning the house as a fire training exercise was the result of the city’s unsuccessful attempts (over three years) to compel the owner to secure the old run-down, and unoccupied building.
An old bungalow type house in the 600 block of NW Coast Street in Nye Beach went up in flames tonight. The fire department actually set fire to it many times as they used it as a “Burn to Learn” exercise for less experienced fire fighters.
The drill is to set fires inside the house, rush in, put them out while getting accustomed to billowing hot smoke and zero visibilities. They went from room to room, torching the insides as they went, different teams taking turns, getting the sound, heat and fury of a house fire firmly tatooed on their brains so future fires will seem less daunting and their performance more automatic and disciplined, with hopefully fewer surprises.
After doing their room to room fire starting, they let the rest of the home burn to the ground.
Our thanks to Sandra Kittel who snapped a few pictures for us. Can’t make it sometimes without the community stepping up and covering for us while we’re pulled in a bunch of other directions. Good job Sandra. Thanks for sharing with us.
Newport Senior Activity Center is offering “It’s Up to You!”, a workshop and seminar, for two consecutive Saturdays, June 9th & 16th, from 11 AM-3 PM, at the NSAC education center. This pro-active gathering is designed with your input requested in helping develop our best opportunities as we move forward into the rest of our lives.
Please bring a favorite dish or light snack to offer at our pot-luck lunch. This workshop includes activities and idea-sharing, all about you and what you want to do with the rest of your life, and how we, with all our knowledge & life-experience, want to affect our futures.
Trish Morningstar, NSAC employee, and Jo Kenyon, are collaborators for this innovative and thought-provoking seminar. A monthly continuation of this initial seminar will be held at the NSAC, most likely in the form of a social as well as “how to get done what we need done” atmosphere.
Please mark your calendars for these 2 Saturdays in June, the 9th and 16th. Come early to check out the Farmer’s Market on the grounds of City Hall next door, and onto the NSAC to share your inspiration with others wanting to live their best life. Come to the NSAC, your aging well center, where knowledge is power, so turn it on, and be brilliant, letting your light shine!
Please call Trish at 541-265-9617 with any questions, suggestions, and registration. Come by at 20 S.E. 2nd Ave., and check out our website at www.newportoregon.gov/sc
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.
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’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.
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.
Three aboard the F/V Aries were rescued early Tuesday off Winchester Bay when the boat capsized. The Coast Guard got them all to shore in good shape. Then the Coast Guard responded to some stranded divers, left clinging to rocks after their dive Zodiac craft drifted off.
The “all in a day’s work” story is in the Coos Bay World. Click here.
The Lincoln County Historical Society is calling out to the community to help it preserve a piece of Lincoln County’s charter boat history – the historic Tradewinds Kingfisher, placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1991. The donated vessel has been under the care of the historical society ever since but shortages of funds to do it properly has pushed the organization to call upon the community for help. Here’s their plea:
HISTORICAL SOCIETY UPDATES STATUS
OF HISTORIC TRADEWINDS KINGFISHER
Rumors have been circulating that the historic Tradewinds Kingfisher, donated in 2001 to the Lincoln County Historical Society by Rich and Val Allyn, will be destroyed. That is an option put forward by a member of the Society’s board of directors “but will be considered only if all other options have been explored and are not possible,” Steve Wyatt, executive director of the Society, explained.
The Society has tried to keep the boat water worthy rather than dry docking it. To continue this would take an immediate $50,000 plus another $10,000 a year in maintenance, Wyatt said. “We recognize the historic value of the Tradewinds Kingfisher, but with budget cuts and a shortage of resources in general, we are unable to care for it in the manner it deserves.”
Wyatt says the Society will consider a number of options if the funds cannot be raised including finding a new home for the vessel. “We will not let this boat quietly rot away in an undignified manner.”
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, the Kingfisher was used as a charter fishing and touring boat from 1941 until it was donated to the Society except for its time in service as a Coast Guard patrol boat during World War II.
Stan Allyn (Rich Allyn’s father) designed the boat in 1940 to be the ultimate in charter boats, and that is exactly what it became. At one time the Coast Guard used it as a standard for all passenger-carrying sea vessels in this region. The Kingfisher joined Allyn’s growing fleet of charter boats in June of 1941.
Allyn was a colorful character whose love of the sea came through not only as a boat skipper but also as a writer of sea stories with salty language and vivid description.
The Society calls on the community at large for their involvement to save the Tradewinds Kingfisher. To contact the Society, call 541-265-7509.
The AARP refresher class for all licensed Oregon drivers will be held in Lincoln City on June 21-22 (Thursday – Friday) from
1 to 4 PM both days at the Lincoln City Community Center on NE Oar Place. The new 6 hour course is now recognized by the State Department of Motor Vehicles as eligible for the insurance discount.
Seniors age 55 and older receive a multi-year discount on their auto insurance after completing this six hour course. There are no tests.
The instructor will cover many topics, including the new driver and pedestrian laws; changes in vision and hearing as driver’s age and tips for handling these changes; reaction times; driving in inclement weather; collisions and how to avoid them; video presentations; and many more subjects helping those attending to become better drivers.
Class size is limited, so reservations should be made. For reservations contact Lincoln City Parks & Recreation at: 541-994-2131. There is a fee (to cover supplies) of $14. If you are an AARP member, the cost is $12. The check should be made out to AARP.
Kristin Dahl, RTS Director, hands out graduation certificates to Andrea Scharf (left), marketing director for Yachats, and Susan Woodruff (right), mayor of Waldport.
South Lincoln County Communities Complete Rural Tourism Program
Provided by RTS
For the past four months, 40 to 50 people from Seal Rock, Waldport, and Yachats have participated in an intense program geared to enhancing rural communities through sustainable tourism.
The program, sponsored by TravelOregon, the state’s tourism promotion office, brought together area residents, business owners, government leaders, and travel industry representatives to learn how to forge long-lasting partnerships, envision an obtainable future, develop attractions that bring visitors to the area of South Lincoln County, and—most important—to let the world know about this special area of tall trees, crashing waves, diverse wildlife, and friendly people.
The final workshop was “where the rubber hits the road:” how will this group capitalize on the lessons that were learned over the past four months? The answer was to form several action teams. One will work on overall marketing strategies and connecting the three communities so that visitors stay longer in the area and explore them all. Another team is working on bringing a world-class adventure race to the area in 2013. The third group is developing plans to consolidate information about all the trails in the south county area, including hiking, mountain biking, and water trails for kayaks and canoes. A matching grant from TravelOregon will help kick off these efforts.
If you are interested in participating on the Action Teams or want more information about the Rural Tourism Studio program in south Lincoln County, contact Andrea Scharf, 541 547 3092. For more information about the RTS program in general, visit http://Industry.TravelOregon.com/RTS.
Joyce Thompson Graham of Lincoln County Food Share just dropped us a note to remind everyone that all Lincoln County food pantries are in need of local support now that federal support is declining while the need for food keeps going up. Graham says the Waldport Food Pantry has grown from serving 250 persons a month five years ago to 700 a month today. The Newport Food Pantry has roughly 25% of the population of Newport signed up to be eligible to receive food, serving about 700 persons a month on average (about three hundred families) and Lincoln City’s Food Pantry sees the most food going out the door of any pantry in the county, serving 1,100 persons a month on average.
As ever, canned meats are in big demand, including peanut butter, nutrition bars and canned beans which are a good source of low cost protein.
Alcohol appears to have been the main lubricant that prompted a sizeable fight near Agate Beach at around 8pm. Newport Police and other agencies converged on the area and found that some of the combatants had already scattered upon hearing sirens. Sounds like everything’s calmed down.
Thanks to one of our readers for taking a quick picture of officers pulling up and intervening.