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Another example that humming birds are not as sweet as they look…


Photo Courtesy Ilene Wright, Toledo
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Irene Wright noticed a couple of hummingbirds out here window recently in Toledo. And when they kept squabbling, Ilene tracked down her camera and caught a slice of the action between them. As pointed out in an earlier story about Rufous Hummingbirds they raise having a bad attitude to a high art. In this case, the female at the window-side feeding dish is interrupted by an aggressive male hummingbird who obviously wants to have the whole feeding tray to himself. Thankfully that NEVER happens in the daily comings and goings of our human existence.

The lesson learned here may be to have two separate but equal feeding trays so that those who are in to it for utilitarian reasons, like hunger or love of the color red, will have reasonable access to it. Others will have to resort to seeing themselves as simply greedy.

Lincoln County Commissioner Candidate Ken Lundie declines any campaign donations or endorsements from any persons or organizations


Ken Lundie, candidate, Lincoln County Commission
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Democratic candidate for Lincoln County Commissioner Position 2 Ken Lundie today announced that he will not be accepting any campaign donations nor candidacy endorsements from anyone or any agency, non-profit or otherwise, throughout his campaign. Lundie says the announcement is in reaction to a survey given to him to fill out by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters who are seeking out his positions on various issues near and dear to them. Here is Lundie’s announcement, in full, addressed to a member of the League of Conservation Voters:

Dear Ms. Miller,

I want to thank the Oregon League of Conservation Voters for extending this Candidate for Lincoln County Commissioner the opportunity of participating in the political endorsement process. I must say that I was very impressed with the thought provoking questionnaire that accompanied your e-mail of Friday March 9, 2012; it is obvious that much time and effort went into its creation. Though my environmental credentials (and accomplishments) are well documented and no doubt would rival or perhaps even surpass those of my opponent’s, I must, nevertheless, respectfully decline the offer of participating in the endorsement selection process. The fact that the Democratic incumbent has previously been the deserving recipient of an OLCV endorsement played no part in my decision. That decision was guided solely by a pledge made to the residents of Lincoln County, entered into shortly following my entrance into the Commissioner race, that I would not seek (nor accept) political endorsements or monetary donations of any kind. In past elections in another jurisdictions, I must state that I did court and receive both financial assistance and endorsements from Labor and Political organizations, as well as high ranking State and local politicians along with influential citizens, but I discovered over time that nothing comes without a price. I have promised the voters of Lincoln County, OR that should they be inclined to entrust me with the Elected Office of County Commissioner, I would be an independent voice, not beholding to any person or organization, and endeavor to Represent all County residents, regardless of political affiliation (or non-affiliation). I have the utmost respect for the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, but I believe that the voters of Lincoln County are looking for Candidates who are not afraid of speaking up and taking firm stands on a variety of issues (no matter how popular or unpopular) and I am one such Candidate who will keep his word before, and after, the election. I would like to extend my congratulations, in advance, to all those Candidates who participate in and ultimately become the recipients of the OLCV endorsements.

Respectfully,
Ken Lundie
Candidate for Lincoln County Commissioner, Position #2

Clocks more FORWARD one hour at 2am Sunday morning


Cell phone photo: Wikipedia

Daylight Savings Time takes effect Sunday morning at 2am. So when you go to bed tonight, set your clocks ahead one hour and enjoy later walks on the beach, healthy walks around your neighborhood but a little less reading time before you turn out the light stand.

Daylight Savings Time runs until the first Sunday in November, or in this case, November 4th.

Logsden Road back open mile 18


Lincoln County photo

Logsden Road at mile post 18 is back open for full useage thanks to the completion of repairs by the Lincoln County Public Works Department and their contractor. The road was one of several major slides and slumps that resulted from January’s heavy rainfall. Lincoln County has qualified as a federally designated disaster area and funds should be available to help defray the county’s expense at repairing the road.

Coast Guard suspends search – Two fishermen presumed lost


Coast Guard photo
Release from Coast Guard

Coast Guard suspends search for missing fishermen near Gold Beach, Ore.

NORTH BEND, Ore. — The Coast Guard suspended a search for two fishermen near Gold Beach early Saturday morning.

Coast Guard Group/Air Station North Bend recieved a report of a capsized 21-foot fishing boat near the north jetty at Gold Beach from the Curry County Sheriff’s Department at 5:10 p.m. Friday.

An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from North Bend and a 25-foot response boat crew along with two 47-foot motor lifeboat crews from Station Chetco River were launched to search the water while Curry County personnel searched the shore. Sheriff’s Department personnel also investigated the missing men’s boat after it washed ashore on the north jetty.

Coast Guard personnel searched approximately 122 square miles before the search was suspended at 1:39 a.m. Saturday after finding no sign of the men. Their names were not immediately available.

Celebrate poetry, prose and song in Yachats!

Off the Page celebrates 6 years on April 6th
Provided by “Off the Page”

A collection of Oregon writers will present Off the Page, an evening celebration of poetry, prose and song, on Friday, April 6 at 7pm in Yachats, on the central Oregon coast.

The event takes place at the Overleaf Lodge Event Center, located on Highway 101, at the north end of Yachats. Doors open and music starts at 6:30pm. The reading begins at 7pm. Admission is free and open to all ages.

Now in its sixth year, Off the Page is an encouraging celebration of creative expression. Writers — hailing from Eugene, Lincoln City, South Beach and Yachats — will share their work.

Featured writers include: Khloella Brateng, Barton Howe, Sue Fagalde Lick, Tim Lowery, Drew Myron, and Ce Rosenow, with opening music by Richard Sharpless.


About the Writers

Khloella Brateng, of South Beach, is an actress, singer, musician and writer. She is frequently seen on stage at the Performing Arts Center in Newport, and recently played Amy in the musical, “Company.” A lover of language, she explores poetry, flash fiction and short stories in her chapbook Words Out Loud.

Barton Howe, of Lincoln City, is a high school teacher, humor columnist and novelist. He’s also worked as a newspaper reporter, and as a mascot for Disney On Ice, the Colorado Rockies, and the University of Missouri. He’s published five books, and has several more forthcoming this summer.

Sue Fagalde Lick, of South Beach, is a former newspaper editor, and the author of five books, including Stories Grandma Never Told: Portuguese Women in California; Freelancing for Newspapers, and most recently, Shoes Full of Sand. She has taught writing workshops at Oregon Coast and Chemeketa community colleges, and at conferences across the country.

Tim Lowery, of Yachats, has been writing songs for over 15 years, and occasionally performs at charity events, birthday parties and coffeehouses. His songwriting style reflects his southern roots in bluegrass and folk traditions. Tim works as a pharmacist in Waldport.

Drew Myron, of Yachats, is founder of Off the Page. Six years ago, she created the annual event to showcase local writers and celebrate the power of creative expression. A former newspaper editor, she operates a marketing communications company, is a published poet, and leads writing workshops for youth and adults.

Ce Rosenow, of Eugene, is the president of the Haiku Society of America and the publisher of Mountains and Rivers Press. Her books and chapbooks include The Backs of Angels, Even If, North Lake, Pacific, and A Year Longer, and she is one of the eight authors of Beyond Within: A Collection of Rengay. She also co-edited The Next One Thousand Years, The Selected Poems of Cid Corman.

Volunteers needed at Oregon Coast Aquarium


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The Oregon Coast Aquarium Seeks Adult Volunteers
Spring Training Begins April 7th

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering a variety of volunteer opportunities during Spring volunteer training. In addition to interpretive volunteers, the Aquarium is seeking volunteers to work behind the scenes in facility maintenance, in the gift shop, helping out at special events, assisting the Aquarium exhibits team, and doing clerical work in the administrative offices. Enrollment is open now for Spring Volunteer Training which begins April 7th and continues each Saturday through May 12th from 9 am – 5 pm.

Volunteers working in positions other than interpreters will attend the April 7th date only. Those interested in learning more about marine life and the coastal environment can sign up for interpreter training, which includes a series of lectures and hands-on activities. Volunteers learn about the history of the Aquarium, animal care, coastal habitats and animal biology. They also learn how to share their knowledge with visitors as Aquarium Interpreters.

“Each session we are so fortunate to bring in wonderful new volunteers whose zest for learning is exhibited in their dedication and commitment to volunteering.” said Carmen Morgan, Manager of Volunteer Services. “It is so rewarding to see new volunteers mixing with current volunteers and developing friendships that are a result of the common love for the ocean and its inhabitants.” Morgan said the training offers people an opportunity to share the Aquarium’s mission of educating the public about the coast and its animals, as well as its efforts to protect and conserve marine habitats.

One change that volunteers will see this Spring is that the Aquarium is combining its youth and adult interpretive volunteer training. Upon conclusion of the course, youth and adults will continue to work alongside each other, with slightly different focuses while interpreting in the Aquarium.

Cool Benefits: Benefits include discounts in the gift shop and cafe, free membership (after serving 50 volunteer hours), Aquarium passes, invitations to special events and evening enrichment programs. Volunteers have the satisfaction of expanding their personal marine knowledge while giving something back to the community by supporting the Aquarium.

Find Out More: The Aquarium asks for a one-year commitment of one half-day shift each week, or a half day every other week for people with special needs or who commute long distances. The Spring training classes are held all day from 9 am- 5 pm. Classes run for 6 weeks beginning April 7th through May 12th. A $40 fee is required for materials for interpreter positions. A $20 fee is required for volunteers working in other positions, which covers a uniform piece and materials. Participants in the adult program must be 18 years or older. For adult volunteer training information email Carmen Morgan, Manager of Volunteer Services at volunteer@aquarium.org.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. For more information, visit the Aquarium’s Web site at www.aquarium.org or call (541) 867-FISH.

Pilar French at Lincoln City Cultural Center March 17


Pilar French, Singer/Songwriter
LC Cultural Center photo

PILAR FRENCH CELEBRATES THE RELEASE OF HER LATEST EP, DELIVER, MARCH 17 AT THE LINCOLN CITY CULTURAL CENTER

Release Provided by Lincoln City Cultural Center

LINCOLN CITY — On March 17, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, Portland-based singer-songwriter Pilar French will celebrate the release of her latest CD, “Deliver,” her third album overall. A six-song collection of heartfelt, warming pop-rock sprinkled with roots leanings, French takes a lighter approach on “Deliver”, following up on 2009’s Alive, an album that tackled life’s heavier subject matter.

Pilar is performing as part of the Siren Saturdays Concert Series, four Saturdays of female vocalists that celebrate Women’s History Month at the LCCC. On March 17, the doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance or $12 at the door. Call 541-994-9994 to reserve.

Recorded at 8-Ball Studios, and produced by French and Rob Stoup, French is joined by her band, Jeff Koch (guitar, guitanjo), Tony Howard (drums, vocals), and Sean Nowland (bass).

Discussing the optimistic vibe of Deliver compared to its predecessors (besides Alive, her debut album is 2007’s Butterflies), French comments, “The second record I did was a little bit heavier. It touched on heavier topics like human perseverance and the will to survive and overcome life challenges,” says French. “This CD is more about cherishing family, relationships and what you have as opposed to what you don’t have. The music is a little more light-hearted. It’s meant to make you feel happy and appreciate what you have. I wanted to write songs to remind me to appreciate what I have. You walk away from it with really positive vibes.”

Bald Eagle Soars Off Oregon’s Endangered Species List- Sport/Commercial Salmon Season Looks Good


Bald Eagle
Photo: The Oregonian

Release from ODFW

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today approved removing the bald eagle from the Oregon Endangered Species List. Commissioners called recovery of bald eagles in Oregon a great success made possible through the cooperation of many agencies, landowners and other partners. Biologists estimated a minimum population of 570 nesting pairs of bald eagles in Oregon in 2010, compared to just 65 pairs in 1978. The bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in 2007. Bald eagles are still protected under a number of state and federal laws. They are not authorized for hunting.

Two corrections were made to the 2012 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations related to steelhead fishing on the Sandy River and the use of bait and lures on the Hood River. Temporary rules were adopted when the errors were discovered after the printing of the 2012 regulations. The permanent rules cover the entire year. A corrected version of the 2012 Sport Fishing Regulations is available on the department website.

Commissioners were told that anglers should expect great ocean salmon fishing opportunities this year based on forecasts of chinook and coho salmon. Earlier this week, the Pacific Fishery Management Council released preliminary options for the 2012 ocean sport and commercial salmon seasons for federally-managed waters, three to 200 miles off-shore. The options generally allow for longer seasons than last year up and down the Oregon coast. PFMC will finalize regulations for federally-managed waters in mid-April. The Commission will be asked to adopt similar rules for state-managed waters, from shore to three-miles out, at its April 20 meeting.

Waldport tackles coastal bluff hazards along with chickens and ducks and a vote on dogs and cats….


Waldport on Alsea
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Waldport City Councilors, perhaps taking a hint from their fellow councils to the north, have begun addressing the need to have tighter controls on allowing construction near the edge of coastal bluffs and other hillsides prone to occasional erosion. The council acknowledged that the degree of slopes and set-backs for housing and other buildings are probably too liberal, especially as there might be impacts to downhill neighbors and beach-walkers. A formal set of code changes will be included in an ordinance re-write in the near future.

The growing desire for organic foods and getting back to the land emerged at this month’s Waldport City Council meeting. The issue of allowing chickens and ducks for eggs and an occasional entree came up and city planning staff proposed an ordinance to allow them within the Waldport city limits. However, the council indicated they want a limit on the number and variety of birds. If you live on less than a half acre, your limit is six ducks or chickens or combination thereof. If you live on a half-acre or more you’re allowed ten. Chickens and ducks must be strictly contained on the property and be sequestered inside an enclosure at night. Lastly, no noisy roosters or drakes would be allowed. The new ordinance is expected to be back before the city council next month for adoption.

The council also gave a green light to Habitat for Humanity to begin planning for the construction of two sets of double townhouses just west of Ray’s Market. The council approved a re-zoning to allow such a project. Habitat will now proceed with their application to get it approved.

And the council gave the thumbs-up to Lincoln County Counsel Wayne Belmont who asked the council to would allow an issue to appear on the November ballot in Waldport. It asks voters whether they would be willing to see property taxes rise about 11-cents to pay for a county-wide animal services district. The tax increase would pay for animal control, shelter and adoption services to be governed by the Lincoln County Commission. The matter caps many months of frequently contentious debate over whether the Sheriff’s Office should run it, or if a non-profit would be better suited. In the end, the commissioners opted for a county-wide taxing district with its own fund.

A legislative wrap-up from State Representative Jean Cowan

Provided by Representative Jean Cowan.

Friends,

This was the first voter-mandated annual session in Oregon’s history. With a constitutionally mandated timeframe of 35 days, our primary task was re-balancing the budget mid-biennium. Along with that responsibility, we also moved forward some transformational new concepts.

As co-chair of the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Human Services, most of my work during this session has been specifically focused on balancing the human services budgets (Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority). That was a major task, especially when it was combined with efforts to begin the transformation of healthcare delivery in Oregon.

Oregonians can take pride in the final budget that we produced. Although state revenues have declined by $341 million since the end of the 2011 legislative session, we were able to make the necessary adjustments while still preserving stable funding for education, public safety and critical services for our most vulnerable citizens. As the Legislature’s biggest advocate for seniors, I am particularly pleased that we were able to preserve services for this population, which includes: Oregon Project Independence, home-delivered meals, adult day care services, home care hours, and other protections for our community-based long term care programs.

A careful review of all potential options allowed us to also protect community mental health services, Employment Related Day Care (ERDC), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and programs for people with developmental disabilities – as well as re-opening enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan.

In addition to the above balancing the budget information, I would like to bring your attention to a few bills that are important to me, including some that I sponsored or co-sponsored, but which may not get much media attention. Those include:

SB 1510 – Marine Reserves: The Coastal Caucus (a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators representing the Oregon Coast), of which I am a member, led efforts to implement three additional marine reserves and marine protected areas in Oregon. This experiment will establish a system of reserves along the coast line and will allow us to determine if marine reserves are an effective management tool for Oregon’s valuable fish species. Socioeconomic effects of any fishing prohibitions are of huge concern to Oregon’s coastal economies, and steps will be taken to make sure there are no adverse impacts to the Coast. The Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) recommended these sites near Cape Perpetua, Cascade Head and Cape Falcon. The areas’ final boundaries were determined after extensive review by community teams made up of dedicated individuals who have worked very hard on this issue. Their work is sincerely appreciated!!
SB 1563 – NOAA Commissioned Officers Corp & US Public Health Service: There are seven “uniformed services” of the United States, of which commissioned officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is one. Under current state law, several benefits, including the ability to break a lease under certain conditions and free hunting and fishing licenses, are extended to the other six of these “uniformed services.” NOAA commissioned officers are subject to many of the same disruptions as others in the “uniformed services;” they, and their families, are routinely uprooted and moved to other parts of the country, with very little notice. This bill grants NOAA commissioned officers the same benefits as the other six “uniformed services.”
HB 4068 – Allows Food Banks to receive commercial fish by-catch: Under current law, any by-catch from commercial fishermen must be thrown back in the ocean. Many of these fish do not survive for long, and end up as nothing more than crab bait. This bill, authored by Rep. Deborah Boone, allows fish processors to process this by-catch, cover their costs, and then donate family-sized portions, to local food banks.
HB 4091: This bill convenes a workgroup in the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to identify efficiencies in the criminal background check process. This workgroup is expected to identify areas in which DAS can more effectively and efficiently perform background checks, saving the state money. The workgroup will report its findings back to the legislature later in 2012.
Other successful great ideas:

PROTECTING OREGON’S SENIOR CITIZENS

HB 4039 – Senior Property Tax Deferral Program: In 2011, the Legislature passed HB 2543, which significantly changed the eligibility for Oregon’s Senior Property Tax Deferral Program because the program was faced with declining repayments revenue and an uncertain future. When implemented, those changes dramatically reduced the number of people eligible for the program. Understanding the difficult burden that action placed on many previously eligible homeowners, HB 4039 grants a two-year delay for existing participants who were deactivated solely for having a reverse mortgage on their residence. This will re-instate 1,664 participants, at least temporarily, and allow for an additional examination of the program next session.
HB 4084 – Allows for easier investigation into elder abuse: This bill creates critical new protections for Oregon’s most vulnerable seniors. It increases the statute of limitations for several crimes against elders, and allows law enforcement agencies to access necessary medical and financial records more quickly when suspected abuse is reported. It also creates a council to review reports of abuse in order to determine root causes of abuse and how it might be prevented.
BILLS TO SPUR JOB GROWTH & CREATION ACROSS OREGON

HB 4040 – Oregon Investment Act: This multifaceted strategy will better coordinate how the state allots business development resources, helping small Oregon businesses thrive and hire more employees.
HB 4050: Eliminates the current lottery system for the ocean troll salmon fishery, allowing fishermen to get fair market value when transferring ownership of their permit.
HB 4059: Directs the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to develop academic credit for prior learning by students, allowing students with real-world experience to translate that into higher education credits at state universities.
HB 5201: Addresses bonding authority and includes $9.6M in Lottery Revenue bonding authority to be shared by all 17 of Oregon’s community colleges, once it is determined that there is adequate lottery-backed debt capacity available. These funds will allow Oregon Coast Community College to move forward on its planned Allied Health Teaching Center and science lab renovation at the Waldport campus.
TRANSFORMING OREGON’S HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION SYSTEMS

SB 1580 – Implements Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO): Hailed as the next step in health care transformation in Oregon, this bill builds upon HB 3650 (2011), which created coordinated care organizations to synchronize the health care of Oregon’s Medicaid population. This bill will allow the state to begin to see the savings that will come about from coordinating health care on a local level. It also establishes guidelines as to how these CCO’s will operate.
HB 4164 – Health Insurance Exchange: This bill provides a central insurance marketplace for consumers and small businesses, improving access and decreasing costs for these crucial engines of Oregon’s economy. Individuals and small businesses will be able to easily shop for and compare plans, and potentially receive help paying benefits.
HB 4165 – Early Learning Council: Replaces the State Commission on Children and Families with the Early Learning Council, which streamlines the way birth-to-six years child development is delivered, ensuring that children are ready for school from day one, and that they get the proper initial instruction to see their success to maturity. Valuable services such as Head Start are protected by this bill, and each step toward its implementation will be a public and transparent process.
SB 1581 – the Oregon Education Investment Board, is the companion to HB 4165. It will restructure education agencies and develop a new accountability model in our K-12 public school system. It will allow Oregon to apply for a federal waiver from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act and to instead develop an Oregon-designed set of achievement compacts with local districts.
Finally, during the closing hours of this session, agreement was reached on new foreclosure protections for distressed Oregon homeowners. SB 1552 will require lenders to meet face-to-face with homeowners and a mediator to negotiate alternatives to foreclosure; it also prohibits banks from renegotiating loan terms while pursuing foreclosure.

It is my honor to serve as your Representative for House District 10 in the Oregon House of Representatives. I look forward to an opportunity to talk to you directly at an upcoming Town Hall or other opportunity to review the session and answer your questions!

Since this was my last legislative session, closure of the 2012 Legislative Session brought with it a feeling of success and accomplishment, along with some bittersweet personal reflections. I will continue to serve House District 10 until my successor is sworn in next January; then I will retire after over 20 years in various elected offices.

Take care,

Jean

e-mail: rep.jeancowan@state.or.us
phone: 503-986-1410

Fire at Newport Airport



Newport Airport Friday morning

Smoke from an overheated electrical circuit at the Newport Airport set off a smoke alarm and a full response by Newport firefighters. On arrival, firefighters traced the source of the smoke to the south wall of the kitchen area on the ground floor, southwest corner of the main airport terminal. They shut down the power and began checking the circuit which had heated up the wall. Firefighters dug into the wall to see if there was any fire extension and they said they found none. An investigation was launched as to what caused the circuit to overheat.

Waldport City Councilor Dann Cutter pulls out of State House 10 race


Dan Cutter, right pulls out of State House race
News Release provided by Dann Cutter

Waldport City Councilor Dan Cutter, citing his general pleasure with who is already running for Oregon House District 10, has pulled out of the race himself. Here is his announcement made just moments ago:

Four months ago I announced that I would seek the vacant seat in Oregon’s House of Representatives District 10. When I announced, my primary concern was the lack of a strong ‘moderate’ voice for our coastal district stepping up. That is no longer the case – both in the primary and in the general, my opponents are reasonable and thoughtful choices for the region.

In running for office, one asks for a lot from family and friends, from employers, and from the electorate. While I am willing to run a strong campaign and continue to ask for support against someone with a radical agenda on either party (as we so often see), I am not willing to ask these concessions today when my opponents are fundamentally decent people who would make good Representatives.

In the end, the Party committee chose to back a candidate I had suggested to them after I announced – there is no ego loss involved here, they felt that my suggestion was better suited to their current structure and I agreed. I could fight the fight – and would if I felt the GOP pulled to the far right or if the opposition didn’t reflect coastal values and needs – however that does not appear to be the case. Jerome Grant is a good man. I still have a lot to personally contribute, but can do that in many different ways.

As of today, I have withdrawn my name for consideration for the seat. I will remain a city councilman, I will continue serving my community, and I will continue to be involved in state, regional and local politics. And I very likely will be back later when perhaps the sacrifices are not so great on my family and work, and the challlengers not so similar to my own message and ideals.

Running for office is never an easy decision, nor is stepping away from a campaign; I thank you all for the interest, kind words, and support you have shown.

Thanks, Dann

Daylight Savings Time 2am Sunday = Home Smoke Alarm Check!

Message from State Fire Marshal

Sunday, March 11 marks the spring tradition of changing clocks an hour forward and it serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms.

“Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with features such as long-life batteries,” said State Fire Marshal Mark Wallace. “So, I encourage residents to test their alarms before changing the battery.” Many batteries have a ten year life span.

Ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery. Because of this technology, the national slogan “Change your clock, Change your battery” may not apply to Oregon residents who have these ionization smoke alarms. Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a long-life lithium battery or a standard-life battery.

“Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family’s safety from a home fire,” adds Wallace.

To check your alarm properly we recommend:
1) Push the test button to be sure the battery is working.
2) Vacuum the alarm to rid it of dust and cobwebs.
3) Inspect your alarm to determine if it is 10 years old or older. Replace any smoke alarm 10 years old or more, and any alarm that does not operate.

Additional safety tips:
– Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
– Hard-wired alarms (those wired directly into home electrical systems) should have battery back-ups.
– Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
– Use the smoke alarms hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.
– Make a home escape plan and practice it with family members.

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire department or visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/CommEd_SA_Program.shtml.

Newport Food Pantry Update

From Newport Food Pantry
Katherine Myers, Manager

Yesterday, I spoke with a woman who is in constant pain because she can’t visit the dentist and feed her children. There are several young men who request ground meat instead of chicken or beef pieces because, as children, their dental needs were not taken care of and it hurts when they chew. I shudder to think what the future holds for the 600 plus children who are members of families who rely on the pantry to supplement their food supply. Good nutrition and medical care are so important and there are not adequate resources to help all who are in need.

As spring approaches, we look forward to planting the garden and receiving healthy produce from generous gardens around town. In the meantime, we are in great need of healthy nonperishables such as dry red beans, split peas, white beans, and black beans. Brown rice never stays on the shelf very long. Hearty soups are very helpful for those who have limited cooking facilities. Canned meats and any other shelf stable protein are always in great demand. Canned fruits like pineapple and pumpkin are very much appreciated. And low sugar/high fiber cereals are an easy breakfast for those without kitchens.

Food donations can be dropped off here at the pantry Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM, and Saturday morning until noon. If hours and/or pantry location aren’t convenient for you, many wonderful organizations and businesses keep our food collection containers on site. For a complete list, go to http://newportfoodpantry.org and click on the donate link. We also purchase some food and have regular expenses that need to be met. Join our Hunger Action Monthly team by downloading the form at http://newportfoodpantry.org/HAM.pdf.

We are so appreciative of the generosity that defines the Newport community.

Gratefully,
Katherine Myers
Newport Food Pantry
541-270-0842
kmyers@newportfoodpantry.org
www.newportfoodpantry.org
www.facebook.com/NewportPantry

Newport’s Blessing of the Fleet





Photos Courtesy Fishermen’s Wives

From Newport Fishermens Wives

The Newport Fisherman wives will again be sponsoring a strong tradition in Newport’s fishing community called the Blessing of the Fleet. The Blessing of the Fleet is a community ceremony honoring local fishermen and their families. The Blessing is open to any and all who wish to ask blessings on their fishing vessel, charter vessel, pleasure craft, or research vessel.

The Blessing of the Fleet began as an old world Sicilian custom emphasizing faith and perseverance – qualities that have long fueled those who go to sea to earn their living. Since the 1950’s Newport’s Blessing of the Fleet has continued the custom of asking for prayers for protection at sea, bountiful catches, and peace of mind for the families at home.

The Blessing is on the third Saturday in March (March 17th), because it falls at a time when many Newport fishermen are in port gearing up-coming seasons; Chinook salmon or the Oregon pink shrimp season. Dungeness crab season continues through August, although many of the crabbers will have put away their gear and will be readying for other fisheries.

The day’s events start at 8 am with a Memorial Service at the Fishermen’s Memorial Sanctuary at Yaquina Bay State Park. This service is meant to offer support and encouragement to the families and community while remembering Lincoln County fishermen lost at sea. Participants are encouraged to bring a flower to add to a communal bouquet in remembrance of their friend or loved one.

Also the Newport Fisherman’s wives display a Ribbon Trail. This trail of ribbons symbolizes Lincoln County commercial fishermen who lost their lives at sea while working to harvest fresh wild seafood and make a life for their family. Since 1900, out of 116 fishermen lost, only 38 were recovered and brought home to rest. The remaining 78 were taken by the sea forever. Each ribbon represents someone’s husband, father, son, brother, and friend; each are memorialized at the Fishermen’s Memorial Sanctuary at Yaquina Bay State Park.

The Newport Fisherman’s wives are focusing this year’s events on the importance of safety. Fishing is the most dangerous occupation in the United States. The Fisherman Safety and Survival Training is essential to ensure fisherman can respond to emergencies while at sea and save lives. The survival/immersion suit races highlight the importance of training on vessels. The training is critically important. It becomes second nature having the muscle memory to put on the survival/ immersion suit and the training done on each vessel makes all of the safety and survival equipment familiar for use. At 9:30 am the Fisherman’s Wives sponsor Survival Suit races which occur at Port Dock 3. Teams-of-three don survival suits while being timed. They enter the bay and swim out to a raft – anchored about 50 feet from the Port Dock 3. Participants include local commercial fisherman, active coast guard, and NOAA personnel. If you are interested in putting together a team of three, entry forms are available at England and Schiewe Marine Supply stores on the Newport bay front.

The boat parade gets underway at 12:45 PM, from the area near the Port’s international terminal. The USCG Search & Rescue Helicopter (if available) and the motor lifeboats of Station Yaquina Bay signal the start of the parade. All vessels will follow the lead vessel of their fishery, or category, from the international terminal heading west, turning just in front of the bridge before heading east to pass in front of the coast guard motor lifeboat, were local ministers will bless each vessel. Also on board the local coast guard vessels will be the Newport Loyalty Days Court. The broadcast can be heard over KNPT 1310 AM beginning at 1:05 PM. Vessel registration forms are also located at England and Schiewe Marine Supply on the Newport Bay Front.

Ending this special day is the Highliner Competition at 3 PM. The Newport Fisherman’s wives would like to invite Fishermen and all others to compete in a race involving fishing related tasks, such as crab pot stacking, net mending, coiling, knot tying, among other things. Show off your skills and race to become Newport’s first Highliner with a chance to win $500. A $15.00 sign up fee will be taken at the event. Event sign up is at Port dock 7 starting at 2:00 PM.

For more information contact the Newport Fisherman’s Wives at 541-574-5555 or email fishermenswives@yahoo.com.

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