Acting to protect the health of hundreds of pets, OHS Humane Investigators last week seized 169 animals and nearly 500 fish from a Newport retail store suspected of a prolonged pattern of animal neglect. The seizure, the largest in the history of OHS, took place after a five-month investigation and included multiple visits to Circus World Pets on SW Coast Highway in Newport.
Investigators attempted to assist the owner in resolving extensive problems in the care, housing and feeding of pets offered for sale to the public, but ultimately OHS asked and received a court order to seize the animals. “Our first choice is always to educate owners and help them do the right thing. But if that fails, we’ll take steps to seize pets and protect them,” said OHS Humane Officer Allen Zaugg.
Public’s Help Needed
The large number of animals seized is straining OHS resources, as the pets cannot be offered for adoption until the legal case is resolved or ownership is voluntarily relinquished. In some animal cruelty cases, legal battles have dragged on for more than a year. Financial donations will help OHS purchase food and other supplies that will be required for as long as the animals remain part of court battle. Make your online donation by clicking here.
OHS is also asking for donations of supplies. The most urgent need is for supplies for the 28 seized reptiles. OHS does not usually care for reptiles, and needs items such as heat lamps, under-tank heaters, aquariums, and other items. See the complete list of needed supplies online by clicking here.
Puppies, Chinchillas, Birds
In addition to the reptiles, other animals seized include 11 puppies, 31 birds, three chinchillas, 22 rats, four gerbils and 70 mice. Nearly 500 fish were also seized from Circus World Pets and are now in the care of the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. Aquarium employees arrived at the pet store during the seizure to provide for the care and transport of the fish. “As we feared, many of the animals taken from the pet store suffered from malnutrition, dehydration and overall inadequate care. We are conducting a medical exam of every animal and will make sure they get the medical care they need,” said Dr. Kris Otteman, OHS Director of Shelter Medicine.
The case began with a complaint from a customer in late March. A visit to the store by an OHS Investigator found numerous problems, including excessive amounts of fecal material in cages, inadequate food and a lack of water. The store’s owner was provided with information about proper care standards, and a follow-up visit 30 days later found improved conditions.
Store Fails Follow-Up Visit
“They passed the follow-up visit, but not with flying colors,” said Officer Zaugg. On two subsequent visits, however, the original problems resurfaced. “They failed miserably when we visited again,” said Zaugg. “There was not adequate food or water for the pets and the conditions the animals were living in were filthy.” During one visit by an OHS veterinarian, puppies were observed standing on feces-caked grates with no clean, dry surface available to rest on. The puppies had feces stuck to their feet and fur, and had limited ability to move about or exercise.
“Scarcity of proper nutrition and calories leads to emaciation, poor health and eventually starvation and death. Based on the number of visits to this location … there is a pattern of prolonged failure to meet the basic needs of these pets,” stated Dr. Otteman in court papers requesting the search warrant.
Depending on the results of the medical examinations at the OHS Holman Medical Center, the owners of the pets will be cited for first or second degree animal neglect, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $6,250.
A Lincoln City man has been arrested for disorderly conduct for fighting with another man in the middle of Highway 229 just north of Siletz. Sheriff’s deputies say when they pulled up they found Daniel Jackson, 25 already in Toledo police custody. What were described as “concerned citizens” heard the fighting, ran over and told the two to stop. When they didn’t, the citizens pulled out pepper spray and sprayed them. That apparently slowed them down enough to where a Toledo police officer could get Jackson in handcuffs.
Jackson was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked for disorderly conduct and was being held on $10,000 bail. Deputies say the other combatant wasn’t arrested at the time, but they’re still looking into it.
Sea Lions feasting on Chinook Salmon, protected under the Endangered Species Act, are back in the cross-hairs of NOAA fisheries and other agencies and groups to determine if they should be “removed” from the base of Bonneville Dam. Salmon smolts and adults for that matter, are an important link in the ocean’s food chain, but many commercial and sports fishermen say the sea lions are out of control on rivers in Washington and Oregon. Even Idaho is complaining that voracious sea lions are severely hampering salmon stock recoveries because fish are being devoured down stream even before they can make it up stream to spawn.
The issue has gone back and forth between advocates of salmon versus advocates of sea lions. And once again, NOAA is re-opening the idea of “taking” sea lions out of the equation. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
The Newport Public Library will host “Borderless: Migration, Globalization, and Changing Communities,” a Conversation Project led by Lewis & Clark College professor Elliott Young, on Thursday, September 15th, at 7:00 p.m.
This FREE program addresses the question of how local communities, in the twenty-first century, can think in new ways about the relationship between migration and globalization, and their effects on Oregon.
Young was born in New York City and has been migrating westward ever since. He has conducted research and performed community development work in Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Ecuador. Young has been a professor of Latin American and borderlands history at Lewis & Clark College in Portland since 1997.
This Conversation Project is sponsored by Oregon Humanities, an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust, with additional help from The Whaler.
For more information about this program, call the Newport Library at 541.265.2153 or check its website, www.newportlibrary.org.
Oregon’s unemployment rate in August rose ever-so-slightly to 9.6%. That’s a bit above the national average as the rest of the country appears trapped in the dead calm air of the worst and most prolonged recessions of the past 80 years. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
Coastal State Representative Jean Cowan has decided to serve out her current term and then call it a career. Rep. Cowan said her 20 years in public service have come to a close and it’s now time for the grandkids. Her open letter to House District 10 residents is presented here in its entirety.
State Rep. Jean Cowan, not running for re-election
It is time to share my plans with those of you who have become regular correspondents with me during my tenure as State Representative. To those of you who have also supported (both financially and emotionally) my efforts to gain and retain this position, I want you to know how much I have appreciated that support – and I want to assure you that I will do my best to see to it that HD 10 will be well-represented in the years to come.
Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election for the 2013 term as the State Representative for the newly realigned House District 10. I will, however, continue to serve in my position until I complete my third two-year term in December, 2012.
Prior to my election to the State Legislature, I served as a Lincoln County Commissioner for three terms. And, before Pat and I moved to Lincoln County in 1987, I served as a city councilor and mayor of Elgin, Oregon. After more than 20 years in elected offices, it is now time for me to step aside.
My grandchildren are the primary reason for my decision to retire from public service. The children are now 10, 9, and 3 years old and they all live a considerable distance from Newport. My husband, Pat, and I want to be able to be fully involved in their lives. I have sincerely enjoyed the opportunity to represent the citizens of House District 10, but it is now time for me to spend more time enjoying my grandchildren and sharing in their activities.
Our grandchildren are the reason that I sought the legislative office in the first place. I wanted to help the State of Oregon offer the same opportunities to my grandchildren as it did to Pat and me, and our children. I wish I were convinced that we are fulfilling that commitment at the present time.
I am proud of my accomplishments which include being instrumental in securing state support and funding to aid the Port of Newport’s successful bid for the NOAA Marine Operations Center-Pacific facility, as well as funding for the Oregon Coast Community College’s new Aquarium Sciences building. Along with many other local residents I participated in the festivities celebrating the recent grand openings for both facilities. As the current Chair of the Coastal Caucus, I am seeking balance between many competing marine activities. Those efforts continue to support additional marine research, protect valuable resources, and maintain a sustainable and economically vital harvest of the sea’s bounty.
During my time in office, the needs of seniors have also been a top priority for me, and I will continue to focus on senior issues during the remainder of my term. My recent appointment as Co-Chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee for Human Services, and my role on the Governor’s Senior Services Advisory Council, allow me to focus most of my attention on maintaining as adequate a level of services as possible for our most vulnerable citizens. I am pleased that my decision to retire from public service at the end of my term will allow me to focus fully on my continuing responsibilities, without the distraction of another political campaign.
The Secretary of State is now accepting declarations of candidacy or petitions for nomination for the May 15, 2012 primary election; the filing period closes on March 6, 2012. Because I know that planning to seek public office requires thoughtful decision-making, I want to allow potentially interested individuals as much time as possible to consider this opportunity. I will be happy to discuss the opportunities and the challenges of public service with anyone who might be considering a run for this position.
What’s called a critical piece of Lincoln City’s Head to Bay Trail has run into a bit of a fog bank as the city council has decided to seek assurance that any possible cost overruns on the project don’t come back on the city. The critical link in the trail is a new bike and pedestrian bridge that would cross the ravine at the end of NE Port Avenue. The nearly $810,000 cost is split 80/20 with ODOT, with the city’s piece at $162,000. Although the ODOT agreement notes that any amount not covered will come from the State Transportation Funds not allocated to the 2012-13 fiscal year.
Although the council acknowledged ODOT’s statement of covering any overages, they wanted more assurance that the city’s portion will be as stated in the contract and no more. Public Works Director Lila Bradley said she will discuss the issue with ODOT and report back to the council.
If constructed, the bridge will connect the Head to Bay Trail along the east side of Highway 101 and will provide hiking and bicycling access to several hard to get to recreation areas of Lincoln City. The crossing of the ravine, rather than riding around it, was deemed the preferred route because the existing street network does not have enough right-of-way to allow for a wider pathway. City staff contends that routing trail hikers and bicyclists out onto fairly narrow city streets would discourage use of the Head to Bay Trail.
Toledo CERT Coordinator Nancy Lynne has announced the training schedule for Toledo citizens to become trained in CERT related operations, which are activated during major emergencies.
Community Emergency Response Teams are becoming more and more common across the country to ensure that local citizens can step in during major natural disasters or other emergencies when regular first responders are overwhelmed by the magnitude of the disaster. Those who would like to learn more about Toledo CERT training, which is FREE, can call Toledo Fire Chief Will Ewing at 541-336-3311, ext. 201, or email him at ToledoCERT@charter.net
For general CERT information, go online at www.CitizensCorps.gov/cert/about.shtm
CERT training not only prepares you to take better care of your community, it helps you take better care of yourself and your family during disaster events. You also get to work with some of the finest folks in town who are true blue, solid community supporters. It’s often said that those seeking to make a difference in their community, especially under the onslaught of a major disaster, can not do better than by becoming a member of their local CERT team.
Toledo CERT training schedule:
Monday, Sept. 19 – 6 to 9 p.m. Introduction, Fire Control
Monday, Sept. 26 – 6 to 9 p.m. Disaster Preparedness
Monday, Oct. 3 – 6 to 9 p.m. Medical Operations
Monday, Oct. 10 – 6 to 9 p.m. Medical Operations, continued
Saturday, Oct. 15 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Search and Rescue, Psychology
Monday, Oct. 17 – 6 to 9 p.m. CERT Organization
Monday, Oct. 24 – 6 to 9 p.m. Terrorism and CERT
Saturday, Oct. 29 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Review and Disaster Simulation
All classes will be held at Toledo Fire Station, 285 NE Burgess Road. To join Toledo CERT and receive this essential FREE training, please sign up by calling Toledo Fire Chief Will Ewing at 541-336-3311, ext. 201, or email ToledoCERT@charter.net, or show up at the first session on September 19th.
Hay truck fire closes eastbound I-84 near North Powder
(Click on photos to enlarge) OSP Photos
Oregon State Police report that a truck driver hauling hay saw a sickening sight in his rear view mirror at around 10:45 this morning on I-84. As he drove eastbound just north of North Powder, smoldering hay bales erupted in flame. The driver pulled over and called 9-1-1 but was forced to watch his load and the truck go up in flame.
The eastbound lanes of I-84 remain closed at this hour (12 noon). No cause has been determined. However, such fires are commonly caused by passing motorists flicking burning cigarettes out their windows as they pass the slower moving hay trucks. Spontaneous combustion is another typical cause. No injuries.
As many of our readers know, the Lincoln County School District, in cooperation with the city of Newport, has erected large street closure barriers on Eads Street in Newport in front of Newport High School during school hours. However, in an effort to keep the Monday through Friday closure to an acceptable minimum amount of time, the negotiations somehow created some confusion. So, the earlier start time of 8am is now 7:30am. The barriers will be removed on closure days at 4pm as previously agreed between the city and the school district.
The barriers were requested by Newport High School administration as a safety issue, citing one fatality (a teacher) over the years and a few close calls. Detour streets include NW Harney to the east and Coos and Douglas to the west. The barriers will be up on school days only.
A neighbor on in Seal Rock reported seeing a man she did not recognize, climbing through the window of a residence in the 1200 block of NW Park View, with a crowbar in his hands. The neighbor quickly called 9-1-1 and reported that the man then left the residence and drove away while deputies were still en route. However, she was able to provide a good description of the vehicle, including the license plate.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies David Hawley and Cliff Sites located and stopped the vehicle on Highway 101 near the Newport Airport and identified the driver as Jesse William Beecher, age 30, of Florence. An investigation revealed that Beecher was at the Park View Street address and did not have permission to be there.
During a search of the vehicle, deputies found a bag of methamphetamine along with a methamphetamine pipe in Beecher’s pocket.
Beecher was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and theft and was lodged in the Lincoln County jail with a bail of $50,000. Beecher’s passenger, Lacy Rene Coles, age 27 of Florence, was cited and released for Possession of Methamphetamine. Additional charges are still pending.
Clean up a lake, river or beach on Saturday, September 17th, and send the love downstream!
(News Release from SOLV)
Volunteer for the SOLV Beach & Riverside Cleanup on September 17th to pick up trash and enhance watershed health at over 100 sites across Oregon before the fall rains wash litter downhill into storm drains, waterways and out to sea. By preventing trash from reaching the ocean, you are sending a gift of clean water, healthy people, and abundant wildlife downstream. To participate, click here.
Message from Surfrider Foundation: Come out for the fall Oregon Beach and Riverside Cleanup this Saturday. We will have captains at Otter Rock/Devils punchbowl, Beverly beach, Agate Wayside, Nye Beach, South Beach, Ona Beach and more.
The forecast for the weekend on the coast is for isolated showers, light breeze, with highs in the low 60’s, so bring your rain gear “just in case” the forecast is correct.
A tiny shorebird common to the Oregon Coast and as well as California, is showing signs of emerging from what some biologists feared was irreversible extinction. The Snowy Plover appears to be benefiting from efforts of wildlife biologists who have focused on keeping people away from the birds’ fragile nests.
In honor of Constitution week beginning Sept. 18th, The American Association of University Women, Lincoln City Branch will be presenting the discussion, “Of the People or For the People: Getting the Government We Deserve, by scholar Jeff Golden on Monday, Sept 19th.
This is a FREE discussion about political discourse and the quality of Public life. This event is part of the statewide Conversations Project: A New Chautauqua.
The focus of “Of the People or For the People” by Golden, former host of Jefferson Public Radio’s Jefferson Exchange, is “that there are no real leaders anymore.” “What we most need (some say) are people of our Founding Fathers’ caliber, or another Abe Lincoln or Franklin Roosevelt to step forward with the courage and wisdom necessary to solve our daunting problems.” An opposing point of view holds that in a state or country with free, open elections, people get the government they deserve. Does the current failure of governance and politics have more to do with a crisis of leadership or a crisis of citizenship?
It’s all at Lincoln City’s Driftwood Public Library in the city hall building, 6:30pm, September 18th. For more information call 541-921-5115.
Lincoln County Health and Human Services currently has 60 openings available for WIC a special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children.
Two Walk-in WIC Clinics are available in September (No appointment needed.)
Saturday, Sept 17, 2011, 9:30 am – 4 pm at the School Based Health Center, Waldport High School
Saturday, Sept 24, 2011, 9:30 am – 4 pm at the Siletz Community Health Clinic in Siletz
This nutrition education program helps families identify healthy nutrition choices that work for them. WIC staff can provide answers nutrition questions, provide breastfeeding help and breast pumps for moms who need them, help getting other services, information on how to feed children, prenatal care, and much more.
The WIC program also provides vouchers to buy foods that helps keep people healthy and strong such as: milk, cheese, eggs, dried beans or peas, fruits and vegetables, baby food, fruit juice, peanut butter, cereal, whole wheat bread, corn tortillas or brown rice and canned tuna. The program includes extra foods for moms who are breastfeeding (who don’t get formula from WIC) and infant formula for moms who are not breastfeeding.
People are eligible if they meet all of the following: (1) live in Oregon, (2) are a pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding woman, (3) an infant or a child under 5 years old (fathers, grandparents, foster parents or other guardians may apply for WIC for their children,) (6) have a nutritional need and (7) have a household income that is less than or equal to the guidelines below:
Household sizes that are eligible: person of 1 cannot have a paycheck that averages above $1,675 per month. Families of two people cannot make over $2,268 a month. Families of three $2,857 a month. families of four cannot make more than $3,446. A family of five cannot exceed $4,035 and a family of six cannot exceed $4,624.
Call the Lincoln County Health and Human Services WIC program at 541-265-4163 to make an appointment at the Newport or Lincoln City office. Staff will explain what to bring to the appointment. At the appointment, WIC staff will: review health history, evaluate diet, determine eligibility, answer questions about nutrition, help people find more services, provide vouchers to buy healthy foods and work with people to help them reach their nutrition goals.
Women who are on WIC eat a healthier diet, have healthier babies and receive early prenatal care.
Infants born to WIC mothers weigh more and have improved growth and development rates. Children on WIC eat foods with more iron and vitamin C, and visit their doctors regularly.
Come to a Walk-in WIC Clinic in September (No appointment needed.)
Saturday, Sept 17, 2011, 9:30 am – 4 pm at the School Based Health Center, Waldport High School
Saturday, Sept 24, 2011, 9:30 am – 4 pm at the Siletz Community Health Clinic in Siletz
WIC Vouchers are Acceptable at These Locations
Farmers Markets in Newport & Lincoln City, Rite Aid Newport & Lincoln City, Rays, Waldport & Yachats, Price N Pride, Lincoln City and Noels Market, Siletz, Safeway in both Newport and Lincoln City, Lincoln Beach Sentry in Depoe Bay, Kennys IGA in Lincoln City, JC Market in Newport, JC Thriftway in Toledo, Fred Meyer in Newport, Walgreens in Lincoln City, Rain Forest Mushroom Company in Eddyville, Pioneer Mountain Farms in Toledo, Blue Heron Farm in Waldport and The Salad Farm in Scio.
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Health & Human Services
The 4th Annual Lincoln County Hauler’s food drive is running September 19th through the 22nd. Wherever you live–Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Siletz, Toledo–leave a bag of non-perishable food donations on top of your trash cart on your pick-up day, and Lincoln County trash haulers will pick up your donation and transport the food to Food Share. It’s the time of year when shelves are almost bare! So help the trash haulers help Food Share to TRASH HUNGER in Lincoln County!
Be Jeweled is collecting donations of jewelry for their 2012 Be Jeweled Sale! Donations of jewelry can be dropped off at all Oregon Coast Bank branches, Newport Chamber of Commerce, Nye Cottage Beads, Newport Adult Activity Center, Lincoln City Cultural Center, Hair Love, and Food Share. Or call Sue Wilson at 541-574-7898 to arrange a pick-up.
Six students in a Warrenton School District bus were injured, one seriously, when its driver pulled out from a stop sign at Perkins Road and Highway 101. The bus was instantly hit by an oncoming pickup, driven by a Gearhart man who was also injured.
Oregon State Police say bus driver Sabrina Rainey of Astoria had stopped the bus for a stop sign at Perkins and 101. Then she pulled out to cross 101 but was hit by a pick-up which bashed in the left front end of the bus. Student Serena Goniwicha, 16 was seriously injured and was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Pick-up driver John Cook, 64 of Gearhart, was also seriously injured and was taken to Emanuel Medical Center as well. Bus driver Sabrina Rainey was not injured. A seventh student aboard the bus was not injured and was picked up at the accident scene by her mother.
The OSP says thus far no citations have been issued, but add that the investigation is not over.
Those trying to reduce the pain of arthritis are peddling into Newport this evening and calling all Newportians to get a bone density check by stopping by the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The test is not only fun because it’s at the Aquarium, but also because it’s free!
Daniella Crowder and the gang at the Bike Newport Shop says the “Peoples Coast Classic Ride for Arthritis” is stopping in Newport on their long road quest to raise money toward the cure of the very painful, and quality of life robbing disease. Tonight at 6:30, the Aquarium opens their doors as a bone density test is given free of charge to all comers. Participants will learn about how they can reduce their chances of getting arthritis, and what can be done to reduce its symptoms.
Bike Newport co-owner Daniella Crowder says that last year’s People’s Coast Classic stopped in Newport, but conducted just a rest layover for part of the day. But Crowder says this time, the Classic has decided to spend the entire day getting to know the area to see the special place it really is. The tomorrow, Tuesday, at 11:30am, Mayor Mark McConnell, himself an avid bicyclist, will attend a special luncheon sponsored by Bike Newport at Don Davis Park, which will honor the People’s Coastal Classic which spends much time raising money toward better medical treatement for arthritis, if not an eventual cure.
Jerilyn Guiss (R) and Elise Jordan (L) partnering on upcoming joint support of “Project Homeless”
A Newport area business has, for a long time, been proving that you don’t have to be a big business or industrial giant to make important contributions to the health and betterment of the community. Jerilyn and Company has been donating a percentage of specific proceeds of their retail sales operations to a number of what can only be called vital services that government has been less and less able to provide; help for the homeless, medical emergencies, distressed children, fighting alcohol and drug abuse, and many, many more.
Since October of last year Jerilyn Guiss of Jerilyn and Company has raised $4,434 by setting aside a certain part of their hair care sales to a number of community boosting organizations, including:
October – Animal Medical Foundation – $325,
November – Children’s Advocacy Center – $380
December – Food Share – $414
January – Samaritan House – $406
February – PCHF – Women’s Cancer Fund – $416
March – OCCA – $385
April – Newport Public Library – $340
May – CASA – $340
June – My Sisters Place – $375
July – PAADA – $390
August – Red Cross – $409
In September, 5% of all retail sales of their salon hair product line are be being contributed to Project Homeless Connect which is an event to serve the needs of our coastal homeless on October 6th at the Newport Church of the Nazarene on 12th Street, just west of Highway 101.
Jeriyln Guiss said her company’s giving campaign was created in a moment of deep gratitude to her friends, employees and the community. One day she came in and announced, “What local groups and organizations do you admire that we ought to be supporting in their mission?” From that day forward in October of last year, Jerilyn and Company has been donating proceeds from their salon hair care product sales to those who try to make Lincoln County the best it can be.
Their next donation will be to “Project Homeless Connect” which will be helping over 100 homeless individuals at their upcoming October 6th event at the Church of the Nazarene where the homeless find work, get badly needed health care and dental work, avoid hunger and substance abuse and if “hooked,” how to get help. There is a need for more volunteers with the event, so for those who would like to be an “advocate” for a homeless person or family as they are introduced to the many services that will be part of the event, call Elise Jordan, the Vista/Homeless Connect coordinator at 541-265-9883.