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The ebb and flow of the sea…you can set your watch to it…

The waves give us sand…and the waves take it away….

WHERE DID ALL THE SAND GO?

Newport Surfrider will present it’s virtual January Chapter meeting on Thursday, January 14th at 6:30 pm. This will be a discussion of how and why beaches change with the movement of sand and how this affects beach use. The panel includes Jonathan Allan, Coastal Geomorphologist for the state of Oregon, and Jay Senewald, Ocean Shore Coordinator for Oregon Parks and Recreation.

Jonathan will give an overview of the coastal processes that form our beaches, and specifically, how and why Agate Beach has changed over the last few years.

Jay will explain the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s responsibility for managing our ocean shore and how Oregon Administrative Rules guide the agency including the need for permits for shoreline alterations and the process for public participation.

There will be plenty of time for questions after the presentations. For free tickets register at:

sand-movement.eventbrite.com.

 

First sign of Spring in Lincoln City!!

Shannon Loch was out at Connie Hansen Gardens and spotted this eager sweet flower to ring in Spring.  Well, it’s hardly January and we’re getting our first glimpse of Spring, even if we’re several months away.  Hope springs eternal!!

So you might be interested in the future of Newport?

CITY OF NEWPORT
SEEKING INTERESTED CITIZENS
TO FILL PLANNING COMMISSION VACANCY

The Newport City Council is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. The City of Newport’s Planning Commission is authorized by ORS 227.020 (Oregon Revised Statutes) and Section 2.05.003 of the City’s Municipal Code. The Planning Commission is comprised of seven appointed members, who are city volunteers serving three-year terms. The Planning Commission makes decisions directly on various land use issues as well as provides recommendations to the City Council on land use matters.

The Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. If this falls on a holiday, the meeting is moved to Tuesday. Work sessions are typically held at 6:00 P.M., with regular sessions starting at 7:00 P.M. Currently, these meetings are being held virtually.

Volunteer applications are available on the city’s website at www.newportoregon.gov, under the “committees” link, or by calling Peggy Hawker, at 541.574.0613. Deadline for applications is 5:00 P.M., Friday, January 22, 2021. Council will review the applications, and candidates will be interviewed at an upcoming City Council meeting, at which an appointment may be made.

CITY OF NEWPORT ANNOUNCES VACANCY ON THE 60+ ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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CITY OF NEWPORT ANNOUNCES VACANCY ON THE 60+ ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The City of Newport is seeking applications from citizens interested in serving on the 60+ Advisory Committee. The 60+ Advisory Committee consists of seven members who serve two-year terms. The appointee will fill a vacant term that expires on December 31, 2021.

The 60+ Advisory Committee is responsible for studying and making recommendations to the City Council regarding the economics, physical condition, operation, maintenance, development, use, regulation, and expansion of the 60+ Activity Center. The Committee is responsible for the acquisition and promotion of programs for seniors in the City of Newport. The Committee meets on the fourth Monday of every month at 2:30 P.M., at the 60+ Activity Center.

Anyone interested in serving on this committee should apply using the city’s committee application that is found on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov; click on “City;” then on “Committees;” and then on “Application for Committee/Commission.” The completed form can be submitted electronically. Paper copies of the committee application form can also be obtained by contacting Peggy Hawker, at p.hawker@newportoregon.gov, or by telephone at 541.574.0613. The application deadline is January 22, 2021.

The 60+ Advisory Committee will interview interested volunteers its next meeting, and forward a recommendation to the Mayor for formal appointment at a subsequent City Council meeting.

The nature of the Covid-19 Virus is finally revealed….

What’s the best way to build immunity against COVID-19?

Some people may be wondering if getting a COVID-19 vaccine is as effective at building immunity as getting infected by the virus. The answer is that the body will build immunity to COVID-19 in a different way with the vaccine than through infection.

However, infection has the potential to lead to serious symptoms, which may prove to be deadly. Natural immunity, which is gained from having an infection, may not even last very long. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), natural immunity also varies from person to person and there is real potential for re-infection.    

Vaccination is the best tool we have to help us end the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon and across the globe. The mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna give our cells instructions for how to make a harmless protein that is unique to the virus. Our bodies recognize that the protein should not be there and build T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19 if we are infected in the future.

By getting vaccinated, wearing masks, washing our hands, staying physically distant and avoiding large indoor gatherings, we can help stop the spread of COVID-19. If enough of us get vaccinated, we can achieve community immunity and the virus will not spread so quickly.  

Learn more at Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Vaccine page in English or Spanish.

Covid-19 Virus has not given up. It’s still a deadly invader….

Oregon reports 731 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,506, the Oregon Health Authority reported.

Oregon Health Authority reported 731 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of today, bringing the state total to 118,456.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA recorded 2,550 doses of vaccine administered – including nine second doses – raising the state’s total number of doses administered to 51,275. This figure is based on preliminary reports of 1,663 doses administered yesterday, as well as 887 administered on prior days that had not been recorded.

All vaccinations occurred at Oregon hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical service (EMS) agencies, urgent care facilities and Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs).

To date, 190,500 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 477, which is six fewer than yesterday. There are 102 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is seven fewer than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (10), Clackamas (67), Clatsop (2), Columbia (10), Coos (20), Curry (2), Deschutes (45), Douglas (14), Harney (2), Jackson (40), Jefferson (6), Josephine (16), Klamath (31), Lake (1), Lane (62), Lincoln (4), Linn (10), Marion (79), Morrow (4), Multnomah (95), Polk (16), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (24), Union (4), Wasco (2), Washington (141) Yamhill (22).

Oregon’s 1,501st COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Dec. 23 and died on Jan. 1 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,502nd COVID-19 death is a 92-year-old woman in Linn County who tested positive on Dec.18 and died on Dec.18 at Salem Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 1,503rd COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Dec. 22 and died on Dec. 22 at Adventist Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,504th COVID-19 death is a 47-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Dec. 18 and died on Jan. 3 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 1,505th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on Dec. 18 and died on Jan. 2 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 1,506th COVID-19 death is a 92-year-old woman in Coos County who tested positive on Dec. 24 and died on Jan. 1 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Newport Library isn’t letting Covid-19 stop education…

Newport Library

1: It’s (Finally) 2021 Reading Challenge
The It’s (Finally) 2021 Reading Challenge encourages you to switch up your usual reading habits and explore what the Library has to offer. After you’ve read a book, eBook, or Audiobook in each of the first 33 categories, turn in a reading challenge ticket for prizes and a chance to win the Grand Prize Drawing. There are bonus categories that can earn you extra entries in the Grand Prize Drawing too! The It’s (Finally) 2021 Reading Challenge will take place from January 1, 2021-December 31, 2021. The It’s (Finally) 2021 Reading Challenge log and information will become available on Tuesday, December 8 during Library Take-Out hours.

2: Book Bingo
Book Bingo is happening at the library! Anyone ages 18 and under can participate. Just pick up a bingo card during Library Take Out hours and complete it by May 31, 2021 for a prize!

3: STEAM Take Away Kits
The Newport Public Library is offering STEAM inspired takeaway activity to pick up during library take out hours: 10 pm to 5:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays! These kits are best for ages 11 and under.

4: Teen Take Away
The Newport Public Library is offering take away kits for teens ages 12-18! These kits will have a STEAM inspired activity. They can be picked up in January during library take out hours: 10 pm to 5:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.

5: Teen Zoom Party
There’s an artsy event happening almost at the Newport Public Library! Join us for Newport Library’s monthly Teen Zoom Party on January 13th starting at 3:00 and ending by 4:00 p.m. Students, grades 6 – 12, are invited to a FREE Pictionary event via Zoom!

6: The Reading Circle
Monthly meetings are now held via Zoom on the second Tuesday of the month at 12 pm. The Newport Library Reading Circle will meet on Tuesday, January 12 at 12:00 p.m. via zoom to discuss books narrated by animals. The Reading Circle is free and open to the public. The Zoom meeting information can be found on our website at: http://ow.ly/Mnf950AT08z

6: Library Wi-Fi
Thanks to our amazing IT Department, we have boosted our Wi-Fi! Wi-Fi is available from 8 am – 5:30 pm Mondays through Fridays in the library parking lots for FREE. Please share this announcement with students and others who may not have Wi-Fi at home!

7: Newport Library Mobile Hotspots
Want to know what’s “Hot” at the Newport Public Library? Wi-Fi mobile HOTSPOTS are available for check-out to adult Newport Public Library cardholders in good standing. We have seven hotspots available to check out for 2 weeks. If you know someone who doesn’t have Internet access, please share this with them. Please give us a call at 541-265-2153 or check out our library website for more information: http://ow.ly/fujo50BRkWD

Wolves are de-listed, “sort of….”

North American Wolf

ODFW now managing wolves statewide after wolf delisting from federal Endangered Species List

SALEM, Ore.—Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally removed most gray wolves in the lower 48 from the Endangered Species List, which turns management over to state fish and wildlife agencies including ODFW.

In Oregon, wolves west of Highways 395-78-95 had remained on the federal ESA when the area east of this boundary was delisted in 2011.

While U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was the lead agency in the western two thirds of the state, ODFW has always played a significant role in wolf conservation and management statewide since wolves began to re-establish themselves in Oregon in the 2000s.

Wolves in Oregon remain protected under the state’s Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan (Plan). The Plan is the product of enormous public, stakeholder, and scientific input and has already led to substantial conservation accomplishments since it was first adopted in 2005.

Oregon’s known wolf count has grown from 14 wolves in 2009 to 158 at the end of 2019. The 2020 count is happening now and updated numbers will be available in Spring 2021. (more…)

OSP trying to track down wildlife sign vandals….

 

On December 30th the Oregon State Police received reports of thefts at Fogarty Creek State Park , Otter Crest Scenic Viewpoint, Boiler Bay Scenic Viewpoint, and the Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area . 

Oregon State Park Rangers had discovered the thefts of interpretive sign displays (photographs attached).  The approximately 2’ x 3” signs and their metal bases were removed from the parks.  

The thefts are believed to have occurred between December 24, 2020 and December 30, 2020. 

The Oregon State Police is investigating the thefts and requests anyone with information to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center 1-800-442-0776 and leave information for Detective Brian Eskridge.

Contact Info:
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police Media Email: OSPPIO@osp.oregon.gov

Busy inside hospitals and outside as well….community wide…

Samaritan Hospital
Newport

Samaritan awards nearly $340,000 in grants to local nonprofits

(Corvallis, Oregon ­­– Dec. 30, 2020) – The five hospitals of Samaritan Health Services have awarded a total of $339,807 in Social Accountability grants to local service organizations, to be distributed during 2021.

Social Accountability grants are awarded within Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. Funding decisions are made by committees consisting of employees and board members at each Samaritan-affiliated hospital. Funded programs address unmet needs of underserved populations and improve overall community health.

Social Accountability grants are part of the larger Samaritan Community Benefit program, which encompasses the organization’s efforts to build healthier communities by providing direct and in-kind support for services such as health screenings, health professions education, health research and community health activities. Community Benefit also encompasses the charity care that Samaritan provides to low-income patients. (more…)

Newport City Hall – Access is highly variable…

City Hall access trimmed….

CITY OF NEWPORT
LIMITING ACCESS TO CITY FACILITIES AND PROGRAMMING

Starting December 3, Oregon introduced a new framework of safety measures based on each county’s COVID-19 risk level. The new framework has four risk levels. At each risk level — Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk — health and safety measures and guidance for businesses and individuals apply.

On Friday, January 1, Lincoln County will move from the “Extreme Risk” level to the “High Risk” level. The City of Newport facilities and programs will be maintaining the current status over the next two weeks, including:

  • ●  Newport City Hall will be open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., or by appointment.
  • ●  The Newport Recreation and Aquatic Centers will be closed.
  • ●  The Library continues to be open for take-out only.
  • ●  The 60+ Activity Center remains closed.
  • ●  The Newport Municipal Court is closed until January 6, 2021.
  • ●  City Council, Planning Commission, and advisory committee meetings will be virtual, but viewable on Charter Channel 190 and live-streamed on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov. Public comment may be made at publiccomment@newportoregon.gov. Anyone wishing to speak during a virtual meeting may make that request to publiccomment@newportoregon.gov, at least four hours prior to the scheduled meeting.
    The duration of the limitations and closures is unknown at this time. The City of Newport will be monitoring COVID statistics to determine if changes can be made to this schedule of closures by mid-January. Updates will be provided when available.
  • It is important to note that there is no zero risk category. Until COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, health and safety precautions will remain in place so that schools, businesses, and communities can reopen – and stay open. For additional information regarding the risk framework visit the Oregon Health Authority website at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19.
  • To prevent COVID-19 outbreaks at every risk level, everyone needs to continue to wear facemasks, watch physical distiancing, wash your hands early and often, stay home with sick and keep social gatherings small.
  • The city looks forward to welcoming everyone back into its facilities and programs when it is able to maintain a consistent schedule in accordance with the State of Oregon COVID-19 Risk Level model. In the meantime, stay home, stay safe, and stay the course.

 

More wires down up and down Lincoln County…

9:45pm  Report of a wire(s) down in Newport at 226 NE 3rd Street.  Stay clear of the area.  Power company crews will be enroute shortly.  They’ve been busy all evening long all over Lincoln County.

Want a problem we can fix on May 18th?

The future of housing…for locals or increasingly for vacation rentals?

Want a problem we can fix on May 18?

Where do Lincoln City’s essential workers live? They live in unincorporated Lincoln County, which is poised to super-size the STR Industry’s chokehold on our residential neighborhoods and further reduce the long-term housing stock on February 23.

What happens to the long-term workforce housing stock on February 22, 2021, the date short term vacation rentals (STR or VRD) are on the Board of Commissioners’ Agenda?

Depending upon the Commissioners’ decision, Investors who were not among the 601 short-term rental business license holders in Unincorporated Lincoln County March 4, 2019, become eligible to apply for a STR business license and begin charging a nightly rate ranging from $150 to $1500 per night.

Under the terms of the Commissioners’ Temporary Suspension of New Licensing, adopted on March 4, 2019, STR Business License Applications are not “accepted” by the Sheriff’s Department. Last August, however, reliable sources have shared that more than 200 recent Investors are eager to submit applications for new STR licenses. What are these out of town investors doing in the meantime? Probably offering month-to-month rentals, perhaps using FEMA funds, at more modest rates.

We do not have to turn people out on the street, force families to move in with grandparents, or leave the area come February 23. (more…)

Tree and power line fire, Sundown Drive, Southeast of Otis

8:40pm  Report of a broken power line that began sparking and ignited a tree on fire in front of 771 N. Sundown Drive well southeast of Otis.  North Lincoln Firefighters are enroute.  Be careful in the area.  Watch for first responders.  Sundown Drive parallels North Boulder Creek Drive just to the south.

8:53pm  North Lincoln Firefighters report that the wires are sparking and power is out along N. Sundown.  Power company is being summoned to the scene. 

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