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Port of Newport – Progress update from Port Commissioners by Angela Nebel

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Grant funds will help Port Projects

     A temporary pause on a Port of Newport project happened for the very best of reasons, as Port Commissioners learned at their monthly meeting on Tuesday night.

     Commissioners had given General Manager Paula Miranda the go-ahead at the end of February to proceed with a structural evaluation of the Rogue Seawall at a price tag of $58,500. The project would be partially underwritten by a $12,900 grant from the Lincoln County Community and Economic Development Fund, with the Port on the hook for the balance. Miranda had one other funding opportunity in mind and reported the outcome of those efforts to commissioners this week.
     “We have been awarded another grant in the amount of $43,875 for the Rogue Seawall – Engineering Inspection by Business Oregon,” the GM reported. Thanks to the additional grant, the Port is now responsible for only $1,725 of the total cost.

     The 540-foot seawall that supports the Rogue Brewery is more than 40 years old and, out of an abundance of caution, has led Port officials in recent years to discourage the brewery from placing additional heavy equipment near the water side of the building until a more thorough evaluation can be performed.

     PBS Engineering will assess the seawall’s stability and outline any needed repairs and the available options. That evaluation is now expected to begin the first week of May.

     Another grant opportunity is also looking promising, but officials are still awaiting final word. Travel Oregon welcomed applications for grants in March as part of the state’s COVID-19 recovery efforts.

     “Travel Oregon believes improved infrastructure is needed to enhance and expand the visitor experience over both the short and long-term and that these enhancements can help in economic recovery efforts,” the organization explains on its website.

     Miranda told Port Commissioners she is optimistic about the port’s application to assist in the cost of installing two fillet tables on the South Beach campus. Current fillet tables can be crowded during peak season. The grant application seeks $100,000 in support from Travel Oregon, leaving the Port to cover the remaining $30,000 needed to complete the project.

     In budget discussions earlier this year, commissioners had inquired about the costly nature of fillet tables. “The table itself is expensive to begin with,” explained Director of Operations Aaron Bretz. “It’s made of stainless steel and is a sizeable structure. It also gets plumbed, has electrical power to it, and usually we have to excavate the concrete in the location, tie into sewer and power. It’s a bit of a project,” he added.

     With a growing charter fishing fleet based at the South Beach marina and a robust business of recreational users, additional fillet space will be a plus to the operation. If the port receives the grant, the work must be completed by November.

     Other maintenance projects received the go-ahead at Tuesday’s meeting, including the painting of facilities at South Beach, including the marina store, maintenance building, and south restrooms. Commissioners also gave the nod to some asphalt work at the International Terminal that will increase storage space by 19,000 square feet, allowing for forklift use where it was previously not possible.

     Port officials also gave Miranda the nod to continue forward on efforts to determine whether the construction of a new port administration building is feasible. After Tuesday’s discussion, architects will continue to finalize documents and prepare for a construction bid process that is anticipated to occur in late summer. Those bids should provide clarity on what the actual costs of the new building would be and whether the Port can proceed with the project.

     A colorful discussion of a new paint job on the Rogue Brewery roof was ultimately tabled for one month. Rogue had submitted ideas to the Port for the painting of the roof to include their logo. One of the options included a bright red finish, prompting a bit of hesitation from commissioners. Staff members will review the request, confer with the City of Newport, and return to the Port Commission next month with an update.

– Submitted by Angela Nebel

Emergency Notification System for Lincoln County on May 7th between 11:30am and 1pm

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management Division has scheduled an annual county-wide test of their emergency notification systems for May 7th between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  County Emergency Management will test all components of the Lincoln Alerts emergency notification system in preparation for seasonal wildfire conditions. A specific focus of the systems test will be on the Lincoln Alerts mobile app (powered by Everbridge) and the functionality of receiving information back from those who received the message.

Community members can participate in the county-wide test in the following ways:

Pre-Test:

– Complete a Lincoln Alerts Wellness Check (English) (Spanish) on your individual profile.

– Opt-in and create a Lincoln Alerts profile for each member of your household if you have not already done so.

– Update your current opt-in profiles to make sure your contact information and addresses are up to date.

– Download the mobile app and log-in (must have a Lincoln Alerts account first).

During the Test:

– Confirm the Lincoln Alerts test message on any of the devices in your profile or your residential or business landline phones.

– Confirm the mobile app message and send back a photo through the mobile app to County Emergency Management confirming the ability to communicate to public safety officials during emergency events.

– Monitor local media partner sites (radio, digital) during the test timeframe to confirm you received a notification through an alternative source.

Post Test:

– Complete the County Emergency Management on-line participant survey to provide feedback on the test.

County Emergency Management has several redundancies in place to push out emergency notification messages to those who may be in harm’s way due to emerging or imminent disaster situations. The county wide test allows County Emergency Management to test all features together just as it would be in a real disaster response situation. Those features include:

– Lincoln Alerts message specifically for mobile app users

– Lincoln Alerts to opt-in profiles

– Lincoln Alerts to residential and business landline numbers

– Lincoln Alerts message to community information Keyword subscribers

– Media release to local media partners via Flash Alert

– Posting of emergency notification banner on county website (test message)

– Social Media – Facebook Alert Features

– Emergency Alert System (EAS) – message over local public radio systems (used only for real messages)

As part of the test, County Emergency Management is sponsoring a contest for users of the Lincoln Alerts mobile app (powered by Everbridge). App users who respond with a photo from one of the categories below will be entered to win a NOAA Weather Alert Radio sponsored by the National Weather Service. Four individuals will be randomly selected as winners. Winning photos will be shared on the Lincoln County Emergency Management Facebook page (@lcemergencymanagement).

Mobile Phone App Photo Categories

– Disaster Go Bags

– Disaster home/work caches

– Your NOAA Radio

– Any tsunami evacuation signage, maps, etc.

– Pets

– Family

– Co-workers

– Summer activity

– Lincoln Alerts User Guides Available

If you are new to Lincoln Alerts, need a refresher on how to update your profile or use the mobile app we have 3 handy user guides on our webpage to assist you. The guides are intended to outline the steps needed to sign-up for Lincoln Alerts, download the mobile app and sign-up for the community keyword text messages. The user guides can be found at the Lincoln Alerts page at www.co.lincoln.or.us/alerts.

 

Lincoln County Schools Update

In a Winter and Spring seeing four distinct athletic seasons, changes keep coming. “On Monday, the Oregon Health Authority and Governor Brown modified the mask mandate to allow student-athletes directly competing in an outdoor, non-contact event to remove their mask while actively participating in direct competition. For Lincoln County, this rule change applies only to track and field and golf as they are the only sports designated as non-contact,” said Majalise Tolan, LCSD Athletic Director. Building athletic directors spoke with each Season 3 program directly to clarify what this specific change meant to their program. “For spectators, coaches, and all other Season 3 sports, nothing changed to the mask mandate,” said Tolan. An addendum clarifying the rule that included OSAA’s press release was also sent to families of student-athletes participating in the impacted activities.

 

As Season 3 draws to a close, Season 4 is also gearing up with participant registration. LCSD will be completing the “opt-in” process required to participate in Season 4, indoor, full-contact activities. This “opt-in” requires offering onsite testing to those student-athletes, coaches, management staff, or volunteers who are symptomatic or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. “Throughout Seasons 1, 2, and 3, we have established on-campus academic education for all students, implemented sound contact tracing procedures, and have established quarantine and isolation practices. District nurses feel confident in their ability to add the final step of offering onsite testing for those impacted,” said Assistant Superintendent Susan Van Liew. 

Furthermore, information about Season 4 spectator regulations will come as County Risk Levels change. Due to capacity limits outlined in Sector Guidance, spectators will not be allowed while Lincoln County is in High or Extreme County Risk Levels. Season 4 begins May 10th. 

Samaritan Hospitals have lots of vaccines…

Samaritan Hospitals in Lincoln County are giving away vaccinations….

Schedule Your Vaccination for a Healthy Tomorrow

Samaritan and its county partners are committed to administering the COVID-19 vaccination to as many people as quickly as possible in an efficient and timely manner, according to guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.

All Oregonians, age 16 and older, are now eligible for a vaccination. Please see below for further information.

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being administered at vaccination clinics in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties.

Pfizer and Moderna are both two-dose series, with 21 days between doses of Pfizer and 28 days between doses of Moderna. Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for 16 and 17 year olds at this time. Scroll down to learn more about these vaccines.

Scroll down to learn more about vaccine options throughout the Samaritan service area.

If you are unable to schedule an appointment online please contact the Samaritan COVID-19 vaccine scheduling assistance line at: 855-441-2311.

Due to limited vaccine supplies, it will not be possible to schedule every person at this time. 

All Populations Eligible for Vaccine

Anyone 16 years old or older is eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized to be given to anyone who is 16 or 17 years old. Review Oregon Health Authority’s frequently asked questions for more information about COVID-19 vaccine for 16 and 17 year olds.

Letter to the Editor endorsing Susan Wahlke for Mayor of Lincoln City

As a local business owner, and Lincoln City resident since 2013, I am writing to support Susan Wahlke for Mayor. She has shown a balanced approach to the issues regarding livability for residents, while supporting the tourism that is vital to many of our businesses.

I was here when Don Williams was Mayor.  Lincoln City council led ethics charges against him for sharing the details of discussions held in executive session with his wife, the owner of several vacation rentals. I think his family’s involvement in VRDs shows where his interests lie. Susan Wahlke knows the long struggle to create more workforce housing in Lincoln City.

During her time as City Councilor Susan Wahlke earned a reputation for being prepared and informed on issues that were brought before the council, doing research so that she could bring an informed perspective to council deliberations.  Recently we were talking with a city employee when he paused and pointed to the “Wahlke for Mayor” sign in my yard, and said that she did a great job and always made sure city employees had the equipment needed so they could do their jobs maintaining the city infrastructure.  Susan has been involved in Family Promise and Business in Excellence (The BackPack program). She has supported local businesses with the Chamber of Commerce and the Bay Area Merchants Association.

I believe that recent events have shown us the value of experience in public office. Please join me in voting for Susan Wahlke for Mayor.

Melody McKenzie, Lincoln City

Lincoln City and County Democrats reveal their candidates for May 18th election…

Susan Wahlke
Running for Mayor of Lincoln City

Lincoln County, OR, April 28, 2021–The Lincoln County Democratic Party Central Committee and the Lincoln City Democratic Club by the Sea have endorsed four candidates for the May 18 special election: Susan Wahlke for Lincoln City Mayor and, in the Lincoln County School Board races, Mike Rawles (District 3) Peter Vince (District 4) and Senitila McKinley (District 5).

Michael Gaskill, Lincoln County Democratic Party Central Committee chairman, noted that all four candidates are running on platforms that reflect the progressive values of the Lincoln County Democrats. “Local elections matter, but despite our voices and votes having more impact in these races, many people don’t take an active role or even vote for these important offices. We hope to change that pattern by encouraging Democrats and progressive independents to take an active interest in these decisions that will have a direct impact on their lives and, in the case of the school board elections, on the lives of our county’s children.”

Peter Vince
For School Board

Susan Wahlke, a 30-year Lincoln County resident, has served on the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce board, as chair of the Urban Renewal Agency and Lincoln City Budget Committee and as a Lincoln City Ward 1 City Councilor. She was elected by her peers as Council President.

Mike Rawles served as Data Acquisition Program Manager (DAPM) at the National Weather Service and has taught in the Lincoln County School District’s after school programs. He earned his MBA degree from Willamette University. During his tenure with the National Weather Service in Montana, he served as liaison with local, state, tribal and federal entities, seeking to improve severe weather alerts to rural areas and teaching citizens and the authorities how to respond to each crisis such as blizzards, flood, tornados, high wind warnings and prairie fire.Peter Vince is a retired teacher with 33 years’ experience, including 28 years teaching English, Spanish, and journalism at Toledo High School, where he developed innovative programs that included video production, the integrated, project-based systems and cycles class, and positive climate building leadership classes. He holds a master’s degree in secondary education from Eastern Oregon University and has served as District Board Vice President of the Greater Toledo Pool Recreation District.

Senitila McKinley School Board

Senitila McKinley is the founder and Executive Director, of Seashore Family Literacy. She has served as a Lincoln County School District Special Education teaching assistant family advocate, as a 21st CenturyCommunity Learning Centers District Coordinator, and as District Homeless Liaison. An ordained Episcopal minister, she was a 1995 National Institute for Literacy Fellow and served on the steering committee of Laubach Literacy (now known as ProLiteracy Worldwide), an international organization supporting programs helping adults learn to read and write. From 2001- 2004, she served on Oregon’s Department of Education Special Education Council.  In keeping with the Democratic Party’s mission to promote the election of Democratic candidates at every level with technical and volunteer support, providing opportunities for all Oregon Democrats to participate fully in our political process, Lincoln County’s Democrats are urged to assist in phone banking, postcard mailing and in spreading the word in support of the Democratic endorsees. Information can be accessed at www.LincolnCountyDemocratsOregon.com or email to Dems@LincolnCountyOregon.com

Mike Rawles
For School Board

 

Covid-19 Risk Categories Effective April 30 to May 6

Changes from Previous Period

Lower Risk (8)
Gilliam
Harney
Lake
Morrow
Sherman
Union
Wallowa
Wheeler

Moderate Risk (4)
Curry
Douglas (Moved from High)
Malheur (Moved from Lower)
Tillamook (Moved from High)

High Risk (9)
Benton
Clatsop
Coos
Hood River (Moved from Moderate)
Jefferson
Lincoln
Washington
Umatilla (Moved from Moderate)
Yamhill

Extreme Risk (15)
Baker (Moved from High)
Clackamas (Moved from High)
Columbia (Moved from High)
Crook (Moved from High)
Deschutes, includes party-town Bend, (Moved from High)
Grant (Moved from Lower)
Jackson (Moved from High)
Josephine (Moved from High)
Klamath (Moved from High)
Lane (Moved from High)
Linn (Moved from High)
Marion (Moved from High)
Multnomah (Moved from High)
Polk (Moved from High)
Wasco (Moved from High)

WEAR YOUR MASK, avoid crowded places, wash your hands FREQUENTLY!!

Newport: Surf Rescue off Marina Science Drive

9:53pm  Report of a surf rescue operation kicking in to retrieve someone who may have fallen overboard from a raft.

9:57pm  Two people now in the raft, managing to get back to shore at 2120 SE Science Drive.  Inside the marina by a dock.

9:59pm  “A” Dock, back side of the brewery.

10:01pm  Fire-Rescue found them.  Preparing to evaluate them.

10:04pm  Woman aboard the raft seems to be in bad shape.

A rather comprehensive update from Sheriff Curtis Landers

The Lincoln County Fire Defense Board, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln County Public Health are partnering together to prepare our community members, business owners, and visitors on our local wildfire threat conditions, public safety evacuation response procedures, and efforts individuals can take to be ready for wildfire season.

May 1st is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day; this is a great day to develop a list of the items you can do around your home or property for wildfire mitigation.

Over the next several weeks you will see that many of our state partners have already or will be kicking off wildfire readiness programs. We will try to share these when they are referred to us and post on our localWhat’s happening nowwebpage.

Locally, due to continued physical distancing, our outreach campaign will be offered in a virtual format until we can be with you again for in person events.  We are expanding our 2-hour Lincoln County Wildfire Readiness presentation into six modules and adding an additional session for each Fire District/Department of Lincoln County.  These sessions, split up into modules will give more flexibility to our community members to pick and choose those sessions of most interest to them. (more…)

Covid-19 Update: April 27th

Oregon reports 630 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

PORTLAND, Ore. — There is one new COVID-19 related death in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,486, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 630 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 181,321.

(more…)

Lincoln City finding refuge for Echo Mountain victims, and paying closer attention to Devils Lake

Decimated homes from the Echo Mountain Fire

The Lincoln City City Council took closer looks at some trends going on in their city.  With the prolonged recovery of those who were driven from their homes in the Echo Mountain Fire area authorities are still helping to find temporary quarters for those “refugees.”  The councilor mentioned what amounts to a temporary set shelter for those who lost their homes and have endured the slow recovery – what with all the red tape and other regulatory requirements to rebuild.  Refugees have been offered temporary housing at three motels in Lincoln City during the post fire emergency.  Authorities say the motels that agreed to shelter the ousted families are the Ocean Breeze, Inn at Lincoln City and The Haven at D-River.

The City Council also evaluated a long degrading aspect to Devils Lake – the build-up of sediment coming down stream which makes shallow shoals at the south end of the lake and also among homes situated in the extreme south end of the lake.  Neighbors there are very wary of what could happen in the event of large storms that would more than fill the lake and damage their homes.  A ticking time-bomb to say the least. 

Shallow, stagnant water at south end of Devils Lake, in residential area.

A few councilors raised the issue of dredging out the rising levels of sediment in the lake at the south end.  They seemed clearly willing to remove a sizeable amount of sediment that would give higher flows of water more room to move through and escape through the lake’s outlet to the beach….all without damaging roads and homes in the area.

And the Council decided to set aside a half-million dollars in a “standing fund” that could support improvements around town.  One major candidate for a share of those funds is expanding parks and recreation activities.  Other departments and programs sponsored by the city are also being evaluated such as more convenient beach access, more fire hydrants and coping with the Covid-19 plague.  No final decisions were made.

How to navigate a dangerous emergency through county Emergency Management Procedures…

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Emergency Management Division has scheduled an annual county-wide test of their emergency notification systems for May 7 between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.

County Emergency Management will test all components of the Lincoln Alerts emergency notification system in preparation for seasonal wildfire conditions. A specific focus of the systems test will be on the Lincoln Alerts mobile app (powered by Everbridge) and the functionality of receiving information back from those who received the message.

Community members can participate in the county-wide test in the following ways:

Pre-Test:
Complete a Lincoln Alerts Wellness Check (English) (Spanish) on your individual profile.
Opt-in and create a Lincoln Alerts profile for each member of your household if you have not already done so.
Update your current opt-in profiles to make sure your contact information and addresses are up to date.
Download the mobile app and log-in (must have a Lincoln Alerts account first).
During the Test:
Confirm the Lincoln Alerts test message on any of the devices in your profile or your residential or business landline phones.
Confirm the mobile app message and send back a photo through the mobile app to County Emergency Management confirming the ability to communicate to public safety officials during emergency events.
Monitor local media partner sites (radio, digital) during the test time frame to confirm you received a notification through an alternative source.

Post Test:
Complete the County Emergency Management on-line participant survey to provide feedback on the test.

County Emergency Management has several redundancies in place to push out emergency notification messages to those who may be in harm’s way due to emerging or imminent disaster situations. The county wide test allows County Emergency Management to test all features together just as it would be in a real disaster response situation. Those features include:

Lincoln Alerts message specifically for mobile app users
Lincoln Alerts to opt-in profiles
Lincoln Alerts to residential and business landline numbers
Lincoln Alerts message to community information Keyword subscribers
Media release to local media partners via Flash Alert
Posting of emergency notification banner on county website (test message)
Social Media – Facebook Alert Features
Emergency Alert System (EAS) – message over local public radio systems (used only for real messages)

As part of the test, County Emergency Management is sponsoring a contest for users of the Lincoln Alerts mobile app (powered by Everbridge). App users who respond with a photo from one of the categories below will be entered to win a NOAA Weather Alert Radio sponsored by the National Weather Service. Four individuals will be randomly selected as winners. Winning photos will be shared on the Lincoln County Emergency Management Facebook page (@lcemergencymanagement).

Mobile Phone App Photo Categories
Disaster Go Bags
Disaster home/work caches
Your NOAA Radio
Any tsunami evacuation signage, maps, etc.
Pets
Family
Co-workers
Summer activity

Lincoln Alerts User Guides Available

If you are new to Lincoln Alerts, need a refresher on how to update your profile or use the mobile app we have three handy user guides on our webpage to assist you. The guides are intended to outline the steps needed to sign-up for Lincoln Alerts, download the mobile app and sign-up for the community keyword text messages. The user guides can be found at the Lincoln Alerts page at www.co.lincoln.or.us/alerts.

Oregon just got a little more clout in the U.S. House of Representatives

Oregon’s gradual growth in population has won it an additional Representative seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Oregon picked up the seat, taken from some other state, allowing a little more clout in Washington D.C. for Oregonians.  Although Oregon picks up another Congressman or Congresswoman, a process to insert Oregon’s newest congressional district will take a little bit of time.  And you can bet it will contain more than just a little bit of geographical politics in the process.  Click here.

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