PORT OF NEWPORT
COMMERCIAL FISHING USERS GROUP COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA
Monday, January 24, 2022, 8:00 a.m. Microsoft Teams
This will be a virtual meeting, which means you can attend by registering or you can view the live stream of this meeting on our website: https://www.portofnewport.com/2022-01-24- commercial-fishing-users-group-committee-january-24-2022-8-00-a-m
Anyone interested in making public comment must complete the form on our website: https://www.portofnewport.com/2022-01-24-commercial-fishing-users-group-committee- january-24-2022-8-00-a-m
I. Call to Order
II. Changes to the Agenda
III. Public Comment (3-minute limit per person) IV. Approval of Minutes
A. Minutes to Approve: January 8, 2021
V. Port Dock 7 Replacement Plans
VI. General Maintenance Plan
VII. Update on Port Dock 5 Pier
VIII. Update on Port Dock 5 Electrical Project IX.
Annual Rate Review
X. Midwater Trawlers Economic Report Update
XI. Rapid COVID Free Tests Available for Fishermen
January 19, 2022
Testing homes for radon gas now more important than ever
State program urges home testing during Radon Action Month
PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority is recognizing Radon Action Month during January by encouraging people in the state to test their homes for radon, an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after smoking.
Many parts of Oregon remain at risk of high radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes up from the ground and is drawn into buildings, where it can build up to dangerous levels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. In addition to being the second leading cause of lung cancer, it is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
People can take steps to reduce their exposure to radon by testing their homes for radon and, if necessary, hiring a professional to reduce it to a safe level. The best time to test is during the heating season, when the windows and doors are closed up tight.
“Now more than ever we are spending more time in our homes. That means more exposure to potentially high radon levels. They only way to know if you have a high radon level, is to test.” recommends Jara Popinga, Radon Awareness Program coordinator at OHA. “The best time to test for radon is during the heating season or colder months when the windows and doors are closed for long periods of time.”
Many test kits are priced between $15 and $25 and can be found in most hardware stores. Radon problems can be fixed by qualified contractors for a cost similar to that of common home repairs, such as painting or having a new water heater installed.
The Radon Awareness Program collects radon test data from test kit manufacturers to understand which areas of the state have the potential for high radon levels and to identify areas where educational outreach efforts need to be focused. The program is offering a free radon test kit to residents whose homes are in ZIP codes with fewer than 20 radon test results. Residents can learn more about the free short-term radon test kit program and how to apply at www.healthoregon.org/radon. Free test kits are available while supplies last.
For more information on which areas of the state are at moderate to high risk of having elevated radon levels, radon testing and mitigation, or to order a test kit online, contact the Radon Awareness Program at email@example.com or visit www.healthoregon.org/radon.
The Visual Arts Center (VAC) is turning 40 and the Coastal Arts Guild (CAG) is helping celebrate.
The CAG is looking for artists to purchase a cradled panel for $40, create a piece of art on it and return it for display and sale at the March 2022 exhibit at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Artists keep all proceeds from the sale of their artwork with no commission. Funds from the sale of the panels go towards the VAC Ceramics Studio operations.
PANELS AVAILABLE: During VAC hours (Wednesday – Saturday 12-4pm). Purchase your panels early, there are only 40 available.
EXHIBIT DATES: March 5 – March 27, 2022 (Wednesday – Saturday 12-4pm)
OPENING RECEPTION: March 5, 2022
TAKE-IN: February 23-26, 12 – 4pm
PICK-UP: March 28-30, 12 -4 pm
For more information: https://coastarts.org/events/40×40/
Despite “that other thing” floating around we can improve our economy by doing THE RIGHT THING and here it is!!
10:03 – North Lincoln Firefighters raced to 740 SW 9th Street, Lincoln City – the scene of what was reported to be an overheated clothes dryer with smoke wafting up in the air. Firefighters arrived to find that there was no fire. Firefighters checked out the scene and determined the event was a false alarm
7:51pm Newport Firefighters are enroute to a report of a structure fire at 740 SW 9th. Samaritan Center for Health.
7:57pm Arriving firefighters say the building appears to be okay – no smoke or flames. They’re investigating.
SALEM, Ore. – Oregon National Guard Service Members started their second hospital relief mission on Jan. 18, 2022. This new activation will place approximately 1,200 Oregon Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen supporting up to 40 hospitals throughout the state.
Since Jan. 10, 2022, the Oregon National Guard has stood up a Joint Task Force of Air and Army National Guardsmen to support this latest hospital effort. Over the past eight days, the Guard activated nearly 500 Oregon Service Members from six locations throughout the state, supporting approximately 40 medical facilities in Oregon.
The Oregon National Guard will further increase support by approximately 700 additional Service Members over the next two weeks, further bolstering non-clinical hospital staff roles throughout the forecasted COVID-19 Omicron variant peak over the next thirty days.
“We will continue to work together, and in alignment with our core values, remain confident that the Oregon National Guard will ‘Always be Ready, Always There’,” said Lt. Col. Brian J. Kroeller, Oregon National Guard Hospital Relie Joint Task Force Deputy Commander.
This activation follows a successful prior deployment of over 1,500 Oregon National Guardsmen that provided the same non-clinical support rolls staffed from August of 2021 and ended in late December of 2021.
Since Newport is so filled up with visitors and renters I’m looking for a house, condo or apartment that has an empty room. I always pay my rent on time and I’m also very helpful around the house. I am a mature male that would like to help someone pay their rent or mortgage. I have a clean record and more than half the town already knows my name. I still have my Lincoln County internet News Website – NewsLincolnCounty.com which I operate every day of the week which I enjoy. I prefer to share a Newport area house or apartment.
If you’d like more information please call 541-351-1408. I’d be more than happy to talk with you.
More Oregonians receive COVID-19 booster doses
Oregon continues to move closer to meeting Gov. Kate Brown’s goal, announced Dec. 17, of getting 1 million more people in the state a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January.
When the challenge began, 949,749 people had received a booster dose. Since then, 390,311 Oregonians have received a booster.
As of today, Oregon needs 609,689 people to get a booster to reach the goal and make our state safer from the Omicron variant. Find a booster here.
Community Transmission Report and Public Health Indicators Dashboard update
Today, OHA updated the Community Transmission Report links to downloadable data published to Tableau. The most recent full week’s community transmission data are displayed on a map of Oregon’s counties on the associated Public Health Indicators dashboard. These data will be published weekly on the first day of the week.
In the face of rapidly rising Omicron cases, public health authorities are focusing more on outbreaks in high-risk settings and less on interviewing individual cases and conducting contact tracing. With the transition to an opt-in model of case reporting, the most recent Public Health Indicators: Public Health Response data from Jan. 11 will be archived in OHA’s COVID-19 Data Reports.
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.
Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.
Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here. If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.
Vaccinations in Oregon
Today, OHA reported that 11,430 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry Jan. 17. Of that total, 1,058 were initial doses, 637 were second doses, and 4,517 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 5,154 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry Jan. 17.
The seven-day running average is now 15,482 doses per day.
Oregon has now administered 3,954,935 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 194,737 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,603,575 doses of Moderna and 261,804 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
As of today, 3,097,435 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,804,907 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.
These data are preliminary and subject to change.
Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.
Cases and deaths
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (82), Benton (792), Clackamas (2,617), Clatsop (134), Columbia (197), Coos (339), Crook (228), Curry (121), Deschutes (2,081), Douglas (398), Gilliam (2), Grant (23), Harney (15), Hood River (43), Jackson (1,835), Jefferson (239), Josephine (453), Klamath (514), Lake (32), Lane (2,561), Lincoln (187), Linn (873), Malheur (75), Marion (2,764), Morrow (67), Multnomah (4,995), Polk (542), Sherman (2), Tillamook (81), Umatilla (703), Union (106), Wallowa (58), Wasco (30), Washington (4,093) and Yamhill (755).
Oregon reports 10,232 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Jan. 14.
Oregon reports 6,062 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Jan.15.
Oregon reports 4,558 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Jan. 16.
Oregon reports 7,185 confirmed and presumptive cases on Jan. 17.
Oregon’s 5,884th COVID-19-related death is a 74-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive Dec. 22, 2021 and died Jan. 13 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 5,885th COVID-19-related death is a 70-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive Jan. 5 and died Jan. 12 at Mercy Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
Oregon’s 5,886th COVID-19-related death is a 90-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Jan. 6 and died Jan. 11 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
Oregon’s 5,887th COVID-19-related death is a 76-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Dec. 28, 2021 and died Jan. 5 at Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
Oregon’s 5,888th COVID-19-related death is a 79-year-old woman from Baker County who tested positive Jan. 9 and died Jan. 13 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, ID. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
Oregon’s 5,889th COVID-19-related death is a 67-year-old man from Baker County who tested positive Dec. 30, 2021 and died Jan. 14 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, ID. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
Oregon’s 5,890th COVID-19-related death is a 71-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive Jan. 13 and died Jan. 15 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 5,891st COVID-19-related death is a 65-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive Dec. 28, 2021 and died Jan. 13 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 5,892nd COVID-19-related death is a 60-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive Dec. 27, 2021 and died Jan. 14 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 5,893rd COVID-19-related death is a 72-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive Dec. 23, 2021 and died Jan. 15 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.
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Hello everyone! My name is Tom McCambridge, and I am excited to join the MCWC team as the Administrative, Outreach, and Education Assistant.
I was born and raised in San Jose, California, but fell in love with the forests and coastline of Oregon through visits to family in the Pacific Northwest. I followed this love to Oregon State University, and I just recently graduated with a degree in marine biology and a minor in chemistry. I have learned that healthy ecosystems are essential to healthy communities in the long run, so I am excited to be able to help support the work of the MCWC even if it’s mostly from the office!
I was certainly busy during my time at OSU. Helping grow the Marine Studies student organization (Ocean11), volunteering in labs at Hatfield Marine Science Center, and helping to create educational videos and content for the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve as well as the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve helped shape my passion for environmental education. The power of outreach can be amplified by videos and educational materials, and I hope to provide this for the community.
It’s an honor to expand on the work of an organization with such a long and rich history of conservation. There are great opportunities to work with other organizations in our watershed to help advance and communicate the projects being done, and I can’t wait to dig into it.
In my free time I love to draw, paint, play music, and get outside. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, comments, concerns, or ideas. Looking forward to hearing from you.
LINCOLN CITY COUNCIL NEWSLETTER First Quarter 2022
I maintain an office at City Hall with nor- mal office hours of 10 to 3 on Tuesday and 2 to 4:30 on Thursday, or you can make an appointment by calling 541-996 -1205. Please come talk to me and let me know your thoughts about what is happening in Lincoln City. You can also reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Do you know a student grades 4-12 who has thoughts about how the City should be run? The Oregon Mayors Association 2021-2022 “If I Were Mayor” student contest has kicked off. Submissions need to be submitted by April 8, 2022. However, Lincoln City can only submit one entry in each category, so if we have more than one entry we will need to choose a winner prior to April 8th to be entered into the statewide competition.
There are three categories, grades 4-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. There are different ways to enter for each catego- ry. Statewide winners will receive mon- etary prizes. Contact me if you would like more information. I would love to see what our students think about being mayor of Lincoln City!
Plastic Pollution & Recycling Modernization Act: SB582
This Act, passed at the last Legislative session, updates Oregon’s recy- cling SYSTEM by leveraging producers to create a system that works for everyone. The law goes into effect January 2022 with programs and changes to start in July 2025. It will take a number of years to educate and prepare for its effective launching. (And you thought affordable hous- ing is taking a long time! Wheels DO move, and forward.)
This Act requires producers of packaging, paper products and food ser- vice ware to share responsibility for effective management of their prod- ucts AFTER use. They will finance improvements to the recycling system and assist in making Oregon’s recycling programs convenient, accessible and responsible. Local governments will maintain their local role in over- seeing collection and education in their communities. The “Education” component of Act is already being set in motion through the work of the Regional Sanitary Waste Advisory Committee (R-SWAC) in Lincoln Coun- ty. This group is composed of representatives from each of the three County Waste haulers, (North Lincoln Sanitary Service) and a local city representative (Councilor Casper.)
The Regional SWAC is primed and ready for interaction with the Lincoln County Community through a new educational program, “Coastal Charac- ters” that will be initiating radio, newspaper, and social media ads about the importance of recycling. Recycling is something that residents and businesses can all participate in – the goal is to educate ourselves and visiting tourists about what little effort it is to keep our coast clean, if we just all DO IT. In Canada there are signs that suggest people deposit gar- bage in cans—and they DO IT. In Iceland, there is NO GARBAGE laying around – they pride themselves in NOT having any rogue garbage.
For further information, or Q and A about SB 582, check this website:
By the way: YES, OREGON IS THE FIRST STATE TO INITIATE THIS TYPE OF COMMITMENT TO A RECYCLING ISSUE. We have public beaches and public trash cans—-let’s use them!!
New Childcare Ec Dev Tool
Lincoln City (or Lincoln City City Coun- cil) added a new Ec Dev Tool to the Toolbox to specifically address the need for childcare in town. Interested childcare businesses can apply for as- sistance by completing the application, available online at: https:// www.lincolncity.org/departments/ economic-development/economic- development-toolbox-loan-and-grant- programs.
Funding for this program is first-come, first-served with completed application. The first funding request for this new Ec Dev Tool will be in the next fiscal year budget.
With budget approval, applications could be processed starting July 1, 2022 and if approved, funding could be available late August/early September. Additional questions can be directed to the Economic Development Coordina- tor, Jodi Mescher: email@example.com, 541-996-5365.
Driftwood Public Library COVID-19 Update
In response to the increase in cases and the transmissibility of the omicron variant, as of Sunday, January 9th, face shields and bandanas will no longer be acceptable face coverings in the library.
Driftwood staff will switch to wearing a KN95 or N95 mask.
The library will re-promote our curbside services as an alternative for those who are practicing social distancing or who are unable to wear a mask.
DPL is also in contact with Lincoln County Public Health as a possible dis- tribution site for free at-home COVID-19 tests. This is a role libraries throughout the country have played. Should we receive tests, we will stipulate that people experiencing symptoms of illness should not come into the library to pick up their test kits.
Parks & Recreation January 2022 Events
- Jan. 15 – Youth Basketball games begin at Community Center
- Jan. 20 – American Red Cross Blood Drive – 11am-4pm @ Community Center Large Meet-ing Room
- Jan. 22 – Intro to Wellness – Exploratory workout featuring Strength & Balance, Gentle Yoga, Aqua Deep/Shallow workouts. $10 and registration is through Oregon Coast Community College.
- Jan. 25 – Taft HS swim team home meet @ Com- munity Center pool – 3:30-6pmYouth Basketball has 175 participants on 18 teams. Big thanks to our sponsors! We have $10,250 in team sponsors for our 2021-22 fiscal year thus far. Practices began the first week of January with games starting Jan. 15.
- Check Lincoln City Hall’s schedule of upcoming public meetings: Check their website. (more…)
‘Painting In Nature’ with Michael Gibbons
Michael was drawn to places with personal spiritual significance; where he could play with color and texture to make works that are peaceful yet exciting, and rewarding. His focus was working in a signature style to create intimate views of the ever changing Northwest landscape and locations like England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Mexico, Arizona, Florida & California.
As a plein air artist, his outdoor studio was mobile with very few creature comforts, but everything he could want and need was there: his unique vision, spiritual beliefs and nature.
Born in Portland in 1943, and a fifth generation Oregonian, Michael painted the Ore- gon landscape for 55 years. Throughout his years painting on the Oregon Coast, it was the artist’s long-held goal of bringing more artists and art lovers to Toledo that contributed to Michael and his wife Judy to establish art events and organizations in the town – a goal that continues through Judy as Michael’s legacy.
“The Old Gentleman’s Gone Now” – Gibbons pg 115
Now, Michael’s newly published fine art book “Painting In Nature” contributes to extending the voice of Gibbon’s work through a presentation of 140 images of his art and his personal reflections on painting along with his philosophy of creating art based on observing nature: “When I’m painting in nature, it is the divine experience of the land that feeds my inspiration.”
“Painting In Nature”, a hard cover fine art book of Michael’s work is now ready for purchase at Michael Gibbons’ Signature Gallery and at the Yaquina River Museum of Art ,Toledo. At the Signature Gallery, a limited number of the Collector’s Edition at $125.are available; featuring gold leaf lettering on the cover and including an art print and free shipping. Across the street at the Yaquina River Museum of Art,; Premier Editions books at $50. w/silver leaf lettering. which support the Yaquina River Museum of Art and mission to preserve, make public and promote an appreciation of the artistic expressions of the dedicated artists who have drawn their inspiration from the land and people of the Yaquina River Watershed.
Please contact Gallery Michael Gibbons at firstname.lastname@example.org
Checks to be made out to: Gallery Michael Gibbons
140 NE Alder Street, Toledo, OR 97391
Books can be picked up at the Gallery, or mailed to your preferred location (free shipping).
Two More Weekends for ’Promise’ Show
Remember to stop by the Yaquina River Museum of Art to see the ’Promise’ Icon Exhibit . There are just two more weekends.
—January 16 & 23, to see the exhibition of authentic original icons made by modern icon writers and antiquated Greek and Russian Orthodox icon writers from the 18th and 19th centuries. Come by the Yaquina River Museum of Art’s Schoolhouse Exhibit Space at 151 NE Alder Street Friday through Sunday from Noon to 4PM. You don’t want to miss this!
County Public Information Officer Casey Miller files for County Commissioner to replace retiring Commissioner Doug Hunt
County Commissioner Candidate for Position #1, Casey Miller, has launched a countywide survey and has articulated his campaign themes. His website is: www.caseymillercommissioner.com
Miller’s core themes include customer service, communications and community engagement, emergency preparedness and what he calls a “thriving community” which includes subjects such as housing, physical and mental health, economic development and other topics.
“I may have put the cart before the horse by immediately launching a countywide survey,” said Miller. “But Traditional surveys and micro surveys will be a permanent theme of my campaign and my vision for more community engagement with our citizens should I be elected. A constant feedback loop with the community is standard operating procedure for my goal to modernize Lincoln County’s governmental communications outreach.”
A notable advantage for Miller in the candidate lineup is his 13 years of service to the Citizens of Lincoln County as the Commissioner’s Public Information Officer. During his tenure he has seen many policies that have possibly fallen short of their potential to reach a broader community. The County Commissioners Office has not utilized social media, nor have they taken much initiative to reach the community outside of traditional media releases and weekly commissioner meetings.
“I am grateful for the precision coverage of the News-Times and other local media. Without the contributions of local journalism, we might be suffering from less than adequate community engagement. Now more than ever the community is pressed for time to engage with local government. As a County Commissioner it will be my goal to meet the community with modern digital software platforms that provide text messaging, surveys and notifications that allow the community to provide more feedback to maximize their civic impact and responsibilities,” said Miller.
Casey Miller can be found online and on many social media platforms. He plans to do a series of virtual town hall meetings throughout his campaign and plans to make them a permanent feature of how he will engage the community as a newly elected County Commissioner.
Due to work hours Mr. Miller asks that he be reached before 8am, between 12 noon and 1pm, after 5pm, as well as on weekends.
Thank you for your time,
Lincoln County Commissioner Doug Hunt announced that after decades of bank finance and public service as a county commissioner he’s hangin’ it up. He’ll serve as a county commissioner until the last day of 2022. After that he’ll be off to other new adventures, no doubt.
Commissioner Hunt was college educated, married his wife Patsy and had three children who are today grown ups with children of their own. After Commissioner Hunt bids the two remaining commissioners good-bye, his seat will be filled by one of five local citizens who have indicated they want to take over Commissioner Hunt’s chair – that election primary occurring May 17th. The two surviving candidates will then battle it out in the November election.
Commissioner Kaety Jacobson thus far doesn’t appear to have a challenger for her commission seat. Commissioner Claire Hall commended Commissioner Hunt for his hard work and contributions to the county.
Wanted: Space to share in a Newport house (or large condo) to accommodate “back-to-hometown” news reporter
Since Newport is so filled up with visitors and renters I’m looking for a house, condo or apartment that has an empty room. I always pay my rent on time and I’m also very helpful around the house. I am a mature male that would like to help someone pay their rent or mortgage. I have a clean record and more than half the town already knows my name. I still have my Lincoln County internet News Website – NewsLincolnCounty.com which I operate every day of the week which I enjoy.
If you’d like more information please call 541-351-1408. I’d be more than happy to talk with you.