10:20 – Report of a three vehicle crash in downtown Newport. Three vehicles blocking the northbound lane of 101 between Alder and Hubert. Watch for emergency vehicles.
A study by Oregon State University researchers has identified forests in the western United States that should be preserved for their potential to mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration, as well as to enhance biodiversity.
Those forests are mainly along the Pacific coast and in the Cascade Range, with pockets of them in the northern Rocky Mountains as well. Not logging those forests would be the carbon dioxide equivalent of halting eight years’ worth of fossil fuel burning in the western lower 48, the scientists found, noting that making land stewardship a higher societal priority is crucial for altering climate change trajectory.
The findings, published in Ecological Applications, are important because capping global temperature increases at 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as called for in the 2016 Paris Agreement, would maintain substantial proportions of ecosystems while also benefiting economies and human health, scientists say.
“The greater frequency and intensity of extreme events such as wildfires have adversely affected terrestrial ecosystems,” said study co-author Beverly Law, professor of forest ecosystems and society in the OSU College of Forestry. “Although climate change is impacting forests in many regions, other regions are expected to have low vulnerability to fires, insects and drought in the future.”
Law, Oregon State forestry professor William Ripple, postdoctoral research associate Polly Buotte and Logan Berner of EcoSpatial Services analyzed forests in the western United States to simulate potential carbon sequestration through the 21st century.
The five-year study supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture identified, and targeted for preservation, forests with high carbon sequestration potential, low vulnerability to drought, fire and beetles, and high biodiversity value.
Largely through the burning of fossil fuels, which releases the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the Earth has already warmed by 1 degree Celsius. Arctic sea ice is declining at the fastest rate in 1,500 years, sea levels have risen more than 8 inches since 1880, and extreme weather events are becoming more common and damaging.
Atmospheric CO2 has increased 40 percent since the dawn of the Industrial Age. According to the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration’s Global Monitoring Division, the global average atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration on Jan 1, 2019, was 410 parts per million, higher than at any time in at least 800,000 years.
“Smart land management can mitigate the effects of climate-induced ecosystem changes to biodiversity and watersheds, which influence ecosystem services that play a key role in human well-being,” said Buotte, the study’s corresponding author.
Preserving temperate forests in the western United States that have medium to high potential carbon sequestration and low future climate vulnerability could account for about a third of the global mitigation potential previously identified for temperate and boreal forests, the authors say.
“At the same time, it would promote ecosystem resilience and maintenance of biodiversity,” Law said. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis and a biodiversity crisis. Preserving these forests is one of the greatest things we can do in our region of North America to help on both fronts.”
CITY OF NEWPORT ANNOUNCES VACANCY ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE
The City of Newport has a vacancy on its Budget Committee and is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving.
The Budget Committee is comprised of seven citizens at-large and the sitting City Council – a total of 14 members. The Budget Committee meets approximately three times annually and reviews the proposed budget presented by the city’s budget officer, and ultimately approves a recommendation of a budget for City Council review and adoption.
Anyone interested in serving on the Budget Committee should apply using the city’s committee application which 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. Copies of the committee application form can be obtained by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365, or by calling 541.574.0613.
The application deadline is December 31, 2019. City Council plans to interview applicants at its work session of January 6, 2020, and make an appointment at an upcoming City Council meeting.
As a follow-up to Kim Carson’s photo of the two geese by her Beaver Creek home. The white one was identified correctly as a snow goose. They are very common in California’s Sacramento Valley where I grew up. They migrate down from the Arctic, spending the winter in California where you can often see huge flocks in the wet lands areas. This is a photo of a large flock with the Sutter Buttes mountain range behind.
Bake sale to support auxiliary-funded programs
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital Auxiliary in Newport is hosting a “Cookies and More” fundraiser on Monday, December 16th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the hospital Conference Room, located at 930 SW Abbey Street, Newport. The sale proceeds and gift shop profits are used for grants to help employees continue their education, to purchase equipment for departments within the hospital and for a scholarship for the nursing program at Oregon Coast Community College.
Cookies will be $6.00 a dozen. Other items for sale will include brownies, pies, jams, and breads. Gloves and bags will be provided. Major credit cards, checks and cash are accepted, and everyone is welcome.
Samaritan’s coastal hospice team in Newport achieves first step in veterans’ partnership
Military veterans have unique physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs that can affect end-of-life care. Recognizing these special needs, Samaritan Evergreen Hospice has joined a nationwide partnership called We Honor Veterans to foster best care practices for veterans.
Recently, the coastal office of Samaritan Evergreen Hospice achieved level one status with the program. The coastal hospice team, based in Newport, provides hospice care to patients throughout Lincoln County and into Tillamook County. “As hospice professionals, we strive to provide the best care to every patient. We also recognize that military veterans may have different life experiences and health risks as a result of their service,” said Theresa Karlik, manager of Samaritan’s coastal hospice services. “By becoming familiar with military culture and learning about their challenges, we can provide appropriate and compassionate hospice care to every veteran.”
To obtain level one status, Lincoln County’s hospice staff and volunteers received a minimum of three veteran-specific trainings; developed a process to identify patients with military experience; reviewed a Military History Checklist and Guide; identified the designated hospice and palliative care contact person at the closest Veterans Administration medical center and/or community-based outpatient clinic; among other requirements.
Samaritan Evergreen Hospice, based in Albany and serving Benton, Linn, Marion and Polk counties, has already achieved level four status demonstrating its commitment to increasing access and quality of care for veterans.
We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The program is designed to empower hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of dying veterans. It teaches respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgement.
GEMS OF THE OCEAN II call to artists
Polly Plumb Productions is proud to announce Gems of the Ocean II at the Yachats Commons, a themed art quilt show scheduled for February 14-16, 2020 in Yachats. Polly Plumb invites you to show us your best of ocean-themed art quilts. The last Gems of the Ocean show was in 2017 where 103 art quilts were accepted out of 123 from 3 different countries.
Cash prizes include $1000 for the 1st award; $500 for the 2nd award, $250 for the 3rd award and $250 for the Viewers’ Choice.
Applications for the Gems of the Ocean II art quilt show opens on December 15 and closes December 31. The jury date is January 10 and acceptance notices are announced January 15.
For more information and to register go to the call to artists website at www.gemsoftheocean.org
Michele Robbins, Polly Plumb Productions, 541-547-6500
Come and join in the fun! The Newport 60+ Activity Center will be hosting a “Decorate the Tree” Christmas Party on Thursday, December 12, 2019, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Pianist BethLynn Brandt will entertain us with a selection of Christmas music. Join us in decorating the Christmas tree in the Multi-Purpose Room. Enjoy refreshments, sing carols and play some fun Christmas games.
The Newport 60+ Activity Center is located at 20 SE 2nd Street, Newport, OR. For more information, call 541-265-9617. To see a complete listing of trips, events, presentations and classes: www.newportoregon.gov/sc.
Last of the ostriches flying south for the winter….Frank Covacevich
Kim Carlson looked out her Beaver Creek area window and saw these two feathery critters and couldn’t quite remember their breed. Anyone out there with an idea as to what these visitors were to Kim’s ranch? Send your answer to News@NewsLincolnCounty.com
We got an answer!
In answer to Kim Carlson’s question. They are Snow Geese that migrate to California and the Gulf states and East coast. They breed in the Arctic regions of Siberia and North America. I read that they fly very high and not in a V formation but in a wide U shaped line. I’ve seen them in Delaware, huge flocks of them, making the ground look like snow with their white feathers.
— Barbara Hendricks
The white goose is a juvenile Snow Goose. The lower goose that is brownish is a Greater White-fronted Goose.
— Range Bayer
The opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least Dec. 31 along the entire Oregon coast as testing shows crabs are still too low in meat yield in half of the areas along the coast.
The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season in Oregon is targeted to open Dec. 1, but can be delayed to ensure a high-quality product to consumers and to avoid wastage of the resource. Crab quality testing in late November and early December showed that many areas within the Tri-State region still did not meet the criteria for an opening. The delayed opening will allow for crabs to fill with more meat.
Testing will continue to determine if the season should open Dec. 31, be further delayed, or be split into separate areas with different opening dates. In conjunction with the delayed ocean commercial season, commercial harvest of Dungeness crab in Oregon bays is now closed for the remainder of the year.
Recreational crab harvesting is currently open coastwide in the ocean, bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties. Recreational crabbers should always call the Shellfish Hotline (800-448-2474) or check ODA’s Recreational Shellfish webpage for closures before crabbing.
Commercial Dungeness crab is Oregon’s most valuable fishery. Last year’s delayed season opening still brought in the second highest ex-vessel value ever ($66.7 million) with 18.7 million pounds landed, just above the 10-year average.
At least 19,000 Oregonians could lose government food assistance under a new federal rule finalized Thursday, December 5.
The rule will restrict states’ ability to allow certain adults to receive benefits for more than three months in a three-year period if they aren’t working or training at least 20 hours a week.
The change in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was approved despite more than 140,000 negative public comments. It is expected to affect 700,000 SNAP recipients nationally once it takes effect in April.
Oregon, like most states, has used waivers to extend benefits for longer than three months to a group of SNAP recipients known as “able-bodied adults without dependents” (ABAWD) if they live in areas with high unemployment and limited job opportunities. This group includes individuals ages 18 through 49 who don’t have disabilities, don’t have children or other dependents and are considered able to work.
In January 2020, Oregon has approved waivers for 31 counties for ABAWD work requirements, which will now expire on March 31, 2020. Federal changes to eligibility requirements for waivers will limit the areas in Oregon that meet the requirements starting April 1, 2020. As a result, this means only six counties may be eligible to receive the waiver.
“SNAP plays a critical role in addressing hunger and food insecurity,” said Fariborz Pakseresht, Department of Human Services director. “SNAP benefits assist Oregonians during difficult times to help make ends meet, in particular those working low-wage or who are between jobs. For those already facing difficult circumstances, this rule exacerbates those circumstances. It also will result in an increased burden on food banks and other community resources to fill the void.”
Areas requesting federal waivers must have unemployment rates at least 20 percent higher than the national rate but not less than 6 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates unemployment rates for people without a high school diploma or GED are often more than double average unemployment rates. Other groups that face additional obstacles when seeking steady employment include agricultural workers, veterans, former foster youth, formerly incarcerated people and rural residents with limited transportation.
In addition to administrating SNAP benefits, the Department of Human Services provides workforce development and training opportunities so Oregonians can secure a living-wage job. More information on those programs can be found here https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ASSISTANCE/FOOD-BENEFITS/pages/index.aspx
Newport Chapter Volunteer Appreciation Holiday Party
Come join the Newport chapter of Surfrider Foundation for their annual Volunteer Appreciation Party on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 6:30-8:00pm. This year’s event will be at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club, 750 SE Bay Blvd. in Newport.
The annual holiday party is a chance to recognize volunteer efforts, renew memberships, win cool raffle prizes, and socialize with the Surfrider family. Music will be provided by Steve Cook. Food and drinks are provided by Wolf Tree Brewery, Oceana Co-op, Rogue Brewery, Panini Bakery, Local Ocean, JC Market, Sorella Nye Beach, Compton Family Wines, Canyon Way, Cliffside Coffee and Sweets and more.
Community members can attend for $15, or join Surfrider for the year for $25. Admission is free for Surfrider members. The money raised will go to support Surfrider’s beach cleanups, water quality testing, and other programs to protect our ocean and beaches.