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Fishing Access Closure….Forest Service Road 17, 10 miles southeast of Lincoln City


Forest Service Road 1790 to close June 17 – August 31

Hebo, OR – Forest Service Road 1790 will close temporarily from June 17th through August 31st, while an undersized culvert is replaced with a structure that fish are able to pass through. The road, 10.3 miles southeast of Lincoln City off Forest Service Road 17, provides access to Drift Creek Organizational Camp, which will be closed during this time.

During this road closure, visitors will not be able to access a portions of Drift Creek and North Creek limiting fishing access. Visitors wanting to fish in these creeks can gain access along the Siletz Highway, at the confluence of Drift Creek and the Siletz River.

The installation of the new fish passage is the culmination of years of collaboration with Friends of Drift Creek, MidCoast Watersheds Council, Native Fish Society and several other project funders. The project aims to address fish passage and improve access to spawning and rearing habitat for salmonids, as well as improve nutrient and sediment transport. To learn more about the project, visit https://nativefishsociety.org/campaigns/north-creek-campaign

For more information about the road closure, contact the Hebo Ranger District at 503-391-5100 or check the web for current conditions at https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/siuslaw/recreation. For alerts and notices, follow us @SiuslawNF or visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/siuslaw.

City of Newport Implements New Stormwater Fee

City of Newport Implements New Stormwater Fee

The City of Newport operates a stormwater system and the stormwater collected from is typically piped in developed areas and discharged into the nearest natural water body. Currently, the stormwater utility is run from a joint fund with the Streets Fund. The City is separating the two utilities to ensure that the stormwater utility is self- sufficient in the future.

In 2017, the City authorized the FCS Group to conduct a utility rate study. At the October 15, 2018 City Council meeting, Council adopted Resolution No. 3803, setting the effective dates of December 1, 2018 for water and sewer rates increase, and July 1, 2019 for the new stormwater fee.

To complete the transition to a self-sufficient utility, and as part of the utility rate study the City restructured the monthly Stormwater rates from a rate per meter to an equivalent service unit (ESU) basis. This change creates a rate structure that is common in the stormwater industry and shifts revenue collection from single family to non-single family, commensurate with associated impervious surface area and therefore, the demand placed on the stormwater system.

Under the proposed new rate structure, all non-single family customers are charged based on the total amount of impervious surface area (ISA) onsite. The average single- family residential lot has 2,700 square feet so that is the base. To calculate the total impervious surface area for a non-residential lot, the ISA is divided by the base to get
the number of ESUs for that site. This new rate structure will be implemented beginning with the July 2019 utility billing.

Sometime during the week of June 10, 2019, a letter outlining the Impervious Surface Area (ISA) and a calculated ESU for your location will arrive in the mail for your review. Further instructions will be included in the letter.
Finally, please note…single-residence homes will not receive a letter for this process because they are considered one ESU only.

For more information, please e-mail Richelle Burns at r.burns@newportoregon.gov
or Mike Murzynsky at m.murzynsky@newportoregon.gov.

Samaritan Health Services relies on the kindness of donors…

Foundation Report Highlights Donor Impact on Local Health Care

(Corvallis, Ore. – June 11, 2019) – In 2018, donors to Samaritan Health Services gave nearly $4 million toward a variety of health-related programs and projects, helping Samaritan meet its mission of building healthier communities together.

The 2019 Samaritan Foundations Annual Report recognizes the meaningful impact that was made thanks to donor and community support over the past year. Through stories and photos that show the meaningful impact of donor support, the report highlights how community support aligns with Samaritan’s organizational priorities of quality and service excellence, employee engagement, community partnership and sustainability.
Every gift makes a profound impact, from new equipment and services for patient care, to early childhood education in an underserved area to arts supplies for employee and patient activities.
The 2019 report can be found online at samhealth.org/FoundationReport. It includes a weblink to a donor survey, through which all feedback is welcomed.

For more information, contact your local hospital foundation:

Albany: 541-812-4819 or samhealth.org/AGHF
Corvallis: 844-768-4256 or samhealth.org/GSHF
Lebanon: 541-451-6303 or samhealth.org/LCHF
Lincoln City: 541-996-7102 or samhealth.org/NLHF
Newport: 541-574-4745 or samhealdh.org/PCHDF

A letter to the folks back home…

Sen. Jeff Merkley
D-Oregon

In recent years, as I’ve traveled to every corner of Oregon to host an annual town hall meeting in each county, I have heard heart-wrenching stories from Oregonians who have lost loved ones after a prescription for an injury or treatment turned into an addiction. Others are watching as family members, neighbors, and friends struggle to find resources to help them recover.

Now, we know that drug companies caused and fueled this epidemic by intentionally downplaying the addictiveness of opioid drugs, and pushing to keep patients on powerful painkillers. Instead of warning doctors about addiction risks, pharmaceutical companies continued to flood the streets with far more opioids than could ever be responsibly consumed in order to maximize their profits. That’s unacceptable, and we need to hold these corporations responsible for their reckless behavior.

That’s why I’m introducing legislation that would impose fees on drug companies based on how many opioids they sold since 1999 — the year the opioid crisis slowly began to build — to fund substance abuse prevention and treatment. The Opioid Treatment Surge Act will use these fees, totaling $2 billion per year, to more than double funding to the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant program — including another $23 million per year for Oregon.

It’s time for drug companies to take responsibility for creating this crisis by paying to treat the addictions they caused. Approximately 1.7 million Americans struggle with substance abuse disorders stemming from prescription drugs, and more than 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day — while pharmaceutical corporations have made billions. As communities struggle to provide critical resources to prevent and treat substance abuse, it’s only right that the companies who made massive profits from selling opioids help fund the solution.

I also understand that, for many people, prescription opioids are essential for maintaining a quality of life. I believe we can and must both treat this addiction epidemic as the national medical emergency that it is, and also maintain access to prescription opioids for patients who need them to manage the debilitating effects of cancer, nerve damage, back injuries, and other sources of chronic pain.

America can’t afford to wait another moment before acting swiftly to address the opioid addiction epidemic. Please know that I will continue to force the pharmaceutical industry to put consumers first, and am committed to supporting those in our communities struggling with opioid addiction.

All my best,
Jeff

Ernest Bloch Dinner at Sylvia Beach Hotel coming up

Maestro Yaacov Bergman

The Ernest Bloch Legacy Project will hold its annual Ernest Bloch Dinner at the Sylvia Beach Hotel on Friday, July 5 beginning at 6 p.m. Guest speaker for this special event will be Maestro Yaacov Bergman, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Siletz Bay Music Festival. You are invited to reserve a seat in the Tables of Content Restaurant by contacting Frank Geltner at fgeltner@ErnestBloch.org or by calling 541-961-1482. Tickets are $50 per person. Seating is limited.

Yaacov (Yaki) will be talking about his history with the Bloch family and some observations about Bloch’s music.

Born in Israel, Yaacov Bergman’s early musical training began with violin and vocal studies, but he soon expressed an avid interest in composing and conducting. After graduation from the Rubin Academy of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, he completed post-graduate studies at the Mannes College of Music in New York. He pursued further conducting studies under the guidance of Charles Bruck, a disciple of Pierre Monteux, as well as private study under Leonard Bernstein.

Maestro Bergman is also Music Director of the Portland Chamber Orchestra and the Walla Walla Symphony. Maestro Bergman guest conducted with the New Russia Philharmonic, Belarus National Chamber Orchestra in Minsk, Osaka Symphonica, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, repeat appearances with the Lodz and Bydgoszcz Philharmonics in Poland, a debut performance with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, a third appearance with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in New York and a concert tour with the Israel Sinfonietta and The Israel Kibbutz Orchestra.

Traffic Crash at 101 and 20

11:10am Report of a traffic crash involving a bicycle at 101 and 20, Newport. Southbound lane of 101 is partially blocked.  Bicyclist is refusing medical attention.

Lincoln City may finally get a good bike and pedestrian path along Highway 18 to Neotsu Post Office – and beyond?

The dream is on for Hwy 101 – multi-modal path eventually between West Devils Lake Road to East Devils Lake Road

The vision of closing the northern loop around Devil’s Lake in Lincoln City got a step closer Monday night when a likely partnership surfaced between the city of Lincoln City, ODOT and the Tribe.  For a very long time, the city has yearned for a northerly connector for a hiking and biking trail across the north end of Devil’s Lake with wonderful views accompanied by great exercise.

Lincoln City Public Works Director Lila Bradley told her city council that ODOT has come up with over $2.6 million dollars to improve the south shoulder of Highway 18 from West Devil’s Lake Road in the Head to Bay route area, and continue east to just shy of the Neotsu Post Office. What’s more the Tribe appears ready to kick in over a third-of-a-million dollars to eventually connect the multi-modal path to the Neotsu Post Office. But the story doesn’t end there. There seems to be a consensus of opinion that ODOT could well find the money to take the multi-modal path all the way east to the intersection of Highway 18 at East Devil’s Lake Road thereby circum-navigating Devil’s Lake.

Bradley said improvements will be made to the south shoulder of Highway 18 for hikers and bike riders. But that alone may take up to two to three years. Getting to East Devil’s Lake Road may take a bit longer. But at least travelers will still be able to make an abbreviated “top-of-the-circle” route using NE Neotsu Drive that connects with East Devil’s Lake Road.


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The Lincoln City City Council made some progress in accommodating Lincoln City’s homeless folks who need a warm place to sleep at night – especially during the cold and windy winters. The faith-based community stepped up to the plate with a proposal to give the homeless a warm place to sleep inside a number of Lincoln City churches who are more than willing to open their doors when it’s rainy and cold. Community Development Director Lindsey Sehmel said as long as local churches keep the total number of sleep-over-nights to 90 or less in a year, it would fall under the category of a legal “Accessory Use.” Lincoln City Fire Department officials indicated that smoke alarms and clear pathways out of church building ahead of a fire would have to perform like clock-work.

The city council took all the comments in stride and said that at their next city council meeting they’ll hopefully find a way forward to support Lincoln City religious community and their generosity and abundant love for their fellow human beings in these troubled times.

In other council action, the city council has approved a 4% increase on sewer and water fees, most of which will be applied to sewer expenses to improve the city water and sewer treatment systems.  City officials say the water side is doing fine but that the sewer side needs some long-awaited upgrades.

Relic of a big earthquake back in 1700

Notice the tree stumps coming up out of the beach. The tree stumps are all that’s left of the evergreens that were once on a hillside in 1700, when the Cascadia Subduction Zone slipped offshore and the coast dropped over 20 feet thereby drowning the trees whose stumps are their only signature…

Cecille Kennedy thought she was taking just a pretty Oregon Coast sunset…

And then it hit her…what is THAT!!!???  Hint: It may be heading for Honolulu…and it looks like creative jet exhaust caused by interesting weather conditions…

Young Otis man sent to prison for engaging in child pornography promotion on line

William Borgis, 21
Sentenced to eight years in federal prison for promoting child pornography.

William Borges 21, of Otis, has been sentenced to 8 years in federal prison and five years supervised release for distributing child pornography. According to court documents, investigators identified Borges in September 2016 as part of an ongoing investigation by the FBI into the use of Dropbox, an internet cloud-based file sharing application, to distribute photos depicting the sexual exploitation of children.

A federal search warrant issued to Dropbox produced the email address Borges used to create a Dropbox account identified by investigators as containing child pornography. Investigators later matched three video uploads to Dropbox depicting the sexual abuse of young children to the internet address of Borges’ home in Otis. During a search of Borges’ home, he admitted to possessing child pornography and trading images and videos using Kik Messenger and Dropbox.

On November 13, 2018, Borges pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography. The federal Child Exploitation Task Force is committed to locating and arresting those who prey on children as well as recovering underage victims of sex trafficking and child exploitation. Anyone who has information about the physical or online exploitation of children are encouraged to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip online at www.fbi.gov/tips.

Information Sessions on Cannabis for Senior Citizens

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Cannabis- Know Your Stuff!

Cannabis products are becoming a hot topic among adults in their golden years. Join us for an informal workshop for seniors (60+) to learn about the challenges and benefits of using medical and/or recreational cannabis. Gain a better understanding of:
* Safe dosages
* Storage
* Variety of Products
* Drug Interactions
* Combining with Opioids or other Prescription Drugs
* Review of Research
* Differences between THC and CBD
* Importance of consulting your physician

Sessions will be held in June at various locations. A Free light dinner will be served.
* Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 at the Toledo Public Library, 173 NW 7th St. Toledo, 97391
* Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye St. Newport, 97365
* Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 at Seashore Family Literacy Center for Learning, 265 Bay St. Waldport, 97394

Register and select the date and location you will attend so we know how many to plan dinner for! bit.ly/paadaworkshops

For questions, email Don McDonald, PAADA, at paadadfc@gmail.com or call (541) 574-7890

Local pastor in jail on charges of sexual violations with minor

Mitchell Conte, 40
Accused of illegal sexual behavior with minors

Lincoln City Police report that they’ve arrested a local church pastor on charges that he recruited and engaged in illicit sexual activity with a minor.

According to investigators Conte was charged with contributing to sexual abuse of a child, online (internet) sexual abuse, luring a minor, second degree sex abuse  and two counts of sodomy. 

Conte’s bail was set at just under $300,000.  Conte remains in the Lincoln County Jail in Newport awaiting further court proceedings.

Preventing falls at home

Registered Nurse Katie Collson will be at the Newport 60+ Activity Center on Thursday, June 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m. to present a seminar on fall prevention intended to help older adults reduce their fear of falling and increase activity levels. The seminar will incorporate information about common causes of falls in and out of the home, ways to avoid falls, and some exercises designed to assist with balance and mobility.

Ms. Collson works in the home health field here on the Oregon Coast. She has lived in and around Newport for most of her life, completing her nursing degree at the Oregon Coast Community College. She sees clients throughout Lincoln County, providing caregivers who assist with in home services ranging from housekeeping to higher need medical issues like wound and ostomy care. She recently completed a training with Think First Oregon, part of a national non-profit organization working with teachers, educators and community groups to reduce the risk of brain and spinal cord injury through community education and outreach.

Register online at https://newportoregon.gov/dept/par/sc/. If you need assistance, please stop by the office at 20 SE 2nd Street, Newport, or give us a call at 541-265-9617.

Cracking Down on Fraudulent Robocalls

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Senator Jeff Merkley has been swamped with robocalls trying to get him to give his Social Security number to scammers. Sound familiar? This plague is affecting millions of Americans, so recently Jeff wrote a letter to the Social Security Administration (SAA) and the Federal Trade Commission, notifying the agencies of this particularly alarming phone scam — in which the caller impersonates Social Security Administration personnel and threatens to “suspend” the person’s Social Security number. To prevent suspension, the target needs to confirm his or her Social Security number. Jeff is pressing for action to take on this predatory scam.

“Unsolicited calls like the one I received endanger the financial security and right to privacy of millions of Americans,” Jeff said. “Every call a consumer receives in which the caller pretends to be a government official will make consumers question the legitimacy of authentic communication from government agencies, including the SAA.”

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) acknowledges that “unwanted calls are far and away the biggest consumer complaint” the agency receives, yet unauthorized call scams continue to be a prevalent persistent issue. Jeff requested the agencies respond to the urgent matter, and also introduced the Regulatory Oversight Barring Obnoxious (ROBO) Calls and Texts Act of 2019, which would create a Robocall Division within the FCC Enforcement Bureau to reinforce robocall regulations.

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