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Area fire departments converging on house fire south of Yachats

4:15pm  Fire departments throughout mid-to south Lincoln County are racing to a report of a house fire at 101 Greenhill Drive.  It’s well south of the Yachats Bridge, south of the river.  It’s a home up on the east side of 101 on a hill overlooking Highway 101 and Yachats.

4:34pm  A report that the homeowner has suffered minor smoke inhalation.

4:40pm  Turns out the cause of the blaze was a faulty water heater.  It caught fire and filled the house with smoke.  Fast moving firefighters arrived, unplugged the water heater and dumped a load of water on it.

House saved.  Dead water heater.  And the man of the house gets to sleep in his own bed tonight.  And he’s got all weekend to find another water heater.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown – “No evictions until the crisis is over…”

Gov. Kate Brown
“No evictions” due to slumping economy

Information on evictions is changing on an almost daily basis. The information I am sending today is an update and will no doubt need to be revised in the very near future.

For now, as a result of a new Executive Order from the Governor, please note the following:

*Pursuant to Executive Order 20-13, landlords may not file or serve eviction Notices based on non-payment of rent or for “no cause” for the duration of the crisis.

*The Governor’s eviction moratorium now applies to “non-residential,” i.e. commercial, properties as well. For these properties, tenants must provide proof that their inability to pay is due to the pandemic.

*All tenants must notify their landlords as soon as possible of their inability to pay rent and must make a partial rent payment if they are able to.

*This Order was issued on April 1 and is in effect for 90 days from that date.

In addition, the new federal CARES Act:

*Applies to federally subsidized housing including Public Housing, Section 8 vouchers, Rural Development, VASH vouchers, federally subsidized mortgages, and other federally subsidized housing and programs.

*Landlords of these properties may not initiate eviction proceedings or terminate leases for non-payment for the duration of the Act which is from March 27-July 25.

Attached are information sheets in English and Spanish about the statewide moratorium in greater detail. An information sheet in English about the federal moratorium is also attached; a Spanish translation will also be available soon.

Blair Bobier, Attorney at Law
Regional Director
Lincoln County Office/Newport

The Corona Virus strikes again…

This year’s event cancelled due to Corona Virus…

It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of The Oregon Coast Agate Club 2020 Rock & Gem Show which was scheduled for May 23rd and 24th in Newport.  We hope to see everybody for next year’s event.

The show’s sponsors smartly didn’t want to gamble with a lingering Corona Virus epidemic.  Hopefully a year from now the area will have recovered and the festivities of the 2021 Rock and Gem Show can get back on track.

A thoroughly violent theft of a car near Otis – Guns and Fighting among 4 to 6 persons.


From Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

On March 30th at approximately 7:40 PM the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a fight in progress near the 1400 block of North Bank Rd in Otis. The caller, who was not involved in the fight, reported 4-6 subjects fighting on the side of the road. The caller reported that there appeared to be two silver colored vehicles associated with the fight. The caller heard someone yelling “call the cops”.

Sgt. Karl Vertner was on patrol less than a mile from the location at the time of the reported incident. Upon his arrival, he determined both silver vehicles had left the scene. Sgt. Vertner contacted the group of three young adults. The group reported they had been robbed of their silver Toyota Camry at gunpoint. The group reported the suspects fled the scene eastbound on North Bank Rd. The victims reported that there were four suspects in total. Two of the suspects forced them out of their vehicle at gunpoint.

Sgt. Vertner broadcasted an Attempt To Locate for the silver Toyota Camry and a silver Dodge Challenger.

Later on law enforcement officers learned both parties were acquainted, and this was not a random act.

At approximately 8:02 PM Officers with the Lincoln City Police Department located the stolen Toyota Camry traveling on SW Bard Road in Lincoln City. Officers conducted a high risk traffic stop of the vehicle and apprehended Nicholas Allen Wright age 30 of Otis. Inside the vehicle officers located a loaded .22 caliber rifle. This rifle matched the description of the gun used in the crime.

On March 31, at approximately 3:41 PM Deputy Dowty with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office located the other suspect vehicle traveling southbound on Hwy 101 near Cape Foulweather. Deputy Dowty conducted a high risk traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, Ruben Zamudio Jr. age 30 of Newport was taken into custody for his role in the robbery.

On April 1, at approximately 9:30 PM Deputies with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Ronde Tribal Police, located and apprehended the third outstanding suspect, Kimmia Kay Whittlinger, age 26 of Lincoln City. She was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where she was charged with robbery.

Nicholas Allen Wright is currently lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on Robbery and related Weapon charges.

Ruben Zamudio Jr. is currently lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on Robbery charges.

The fourth outstanding suspect, Jacob Leeland Lunstedt, age 27, should be considered armed and dangerous. If anyone has any information regarding Jacob Lunstedt’s whereabouts, please call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 541-265-4277.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Lincoln City Police Department, Oregon State Police, Grand Ronde Tribal Police, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office.

Is that a light at the end of the tunnel?

Sheltering in place may just save the day, if not the whole year for Oregonians who are watching the benefits of what appears to be a slowing of Corona Virus eruptions.  More masked citizens too, bucking the opinions of “experts” at Center for Disease Control.

Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.

Governor Brown lowers the boom on certain landlords…

Gov. Kate Brown

Governor Kate Brown Issues Commercial Eviction Ban

New order strengthens residential eviction ban, prohibits late fees 
 

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today issued Executive Order 20-13, placing a 90-day moratorium on commercial evictions for nonpayment, in light of the impacts on business owners caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The order also strengthens Governor Brown’s previous ban on residential evictions, and prohibits landlords from charging tenants late fees for nonpayment of rent during the moratorium.

“During this unprecedented public health crisis, too many Oregonians have found themselves with no way to pay the monthly rent for their homes and businesses,” said Governor Brown. “These are difficult times. This order will help Oregon small businesses stay in their locations without the threat of eviction.”
 

Third Lincoln County resident tests positive for Corona Virus

Corona Virus

April 1st: Third Lincoln County resident tests positive for COVID-19.

Lincoln County Public Health announced Wednesday another positive case of COVID-19. The new case brings Lincoln County’s total to 3 confirmed cases. This individual is in the “over 80” age range and had contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19. The person is not hospitalized and is self-isolating according to Public Health guidelines.

“Whenever we get a new positive COVID-19 case, Lincoln County Public Health interviews the patient who tested positive. This helps us determine who they had contact with that might be at risk of getting COVID-19.” said Nicole Fields, Deputy Director of Public Health. “When we identify someone who might be at risk, Public Health will call them and explain the circumstances. This happens within a few hours.” Public Health then asks the person at risk to self-quarantine for 14 days after their last contact with the person that tested positive. During this time they monitor themselves for any potential symptoms while staying at home and avoiding others. If they develop symptoms, they will work with providers to determine if they should be tested.

“Public health consistently investigates disease outbreaks and will continue to do so, but what is important during this pandemic is that we all stay home and stay safe.” The best way to protect yourself is to avoid exposure to the virus.

For the latest information, guidelines, and resources for those effected, go to Lincoln County’s website: www.co.lincoln.or.us/covid or call 541-265-0621. If you have symptoms and think you need testing, contact your doctor. Testing is done at providers’ discretion and does not require approval from public health. As more testing is done, we expect to find more cases in the community.You can find up-to-date numbers on cases of COVID-19 in Oregon at http://healthoregon.org/coronavirus

* Stay informed.
* Regional response: Lincoln County updates its site with COVID-19 news and guidance.
* Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority leads the state response.
* United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.
* Global Response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Traffic Alert – Newport

Yaquina Bay Bridge
Newport

NE 54th St. and Longview Hills
Temporary Road Closure – 7 AM to 6 PM, Wednesday, April 8th

Clare Paul, Assistant City Engineer 541-574-3370

The City of Newport Public Works Department advises there will be a temporary closure of NE 54th St, east of NE Lucky Gap St. on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. This will affect residents in the Longview Hills Manufactured Housing Community.

Signage will be posted and flaggers will direct traffic through the road that connects the community to NE 57th St. Traffic will detour through NE 57th St. to Highway 101.

There will be no changes to water service during this work. Thank you for your patience.

Educationus Interuptus!

Update from Dr. Karen Gray – Supplemental Learning and LCSD

Dear Staff, Parents/Guardian, and Community,

I hope that everyone is staying safe and thinking about ways to stay busy, grounded and positively mindful of each other. Yesterday, we gave out more than 2530 meal boxes (breakfast, lunch and dinner). All principals and vice principals met with district office staff (following the number and distance rules and participating by Zoom) to determine the Supplemental Education and Learning Supports or SEALS for our school district as we move to preparing for Distance Learning for All to begin under the guidance of Oregon Department of Education by April 13th.

The following letter is about the initial Supplemental Education and Learning Supports being offered by the Lincoln County School District beginning Wednesday April 1, 2020. I will craft this letter in the form of questions and answers.

What is supplemental learning and what is it not? What is New Distance Learning for All?
Supplemental Learning is review learning. It is not new learning. At this time, we are not able to provide new learning because we have no way in which to ensure that every child receives their learning equally and that would not be in concert with civil rights requirements. It is meant as a review of former learning and a means for engaging students in education while at home. It is ungraded and uncollected for now.
As of March 31st, Oregon educators are preparing for Distance Learning for All, but until the official launch (more details to come), we encourage all families to participate in this supplemental learning to keep skills fresh, build a routine, and be ready to roll when new learning resumes.

How can parents and students find out what they could be doing for SEALS?
For elementary schools, on April 1, information about and links to supplemental learning will be posted on websites. It will also be delivered along with meals from buses and delivered at meal pick up sites: Taft 7-12, Toledo 7-12, Crestview Heights Elementary and Newport Middle School.
For secondary schools, on April 1, information about and links to supplemental learning will be posted on websites. Principals and staff will also be reaching out to families to ask them about the best ways to deliver paper and pencil packets. Same meal pick up sites as elementary.
How are SEALS different K-6 than 7-12?

K-6 (except for NMS which is counted totally in the secondary model): The entire district has the same SEALS across all schools for the same grade level work in packets mostly. Online resources will be shared that are developmentally appropriate and fun to do on a computer.
7-12: SEALS are being crafted by individual secondary schools but in district wide collaboration so we are aligning our work continuously.

Click here for info

Where can I check out a Chromebook?

The request forms are online under the COVID page on the website or through the Remind application. The pick up locations need about a 24 hour turn around to get them ready for you. Grades 9-12 already can take theirs home while grades K-8 may check out one per household. That number may change as we move along. You can pick them up in the meal delivery school parking lots. Again, the forms for check out are online through Remind or on the website. To date we have received more than 800 requests for a chromebook. Please be patient with us as we try to work our way to getting you your devices

How do I stay connected to my school?

First off, our staff will be making a concerted effort to stay in touch with you and your kids. Most of our staff will be working virtually from home with some staff at the schools following number and social distancing rules carefully. An administrator at each site is responsible for overseeing that these rules are strictly enforced. Our tasks from Governor Brown during these closures are to provide meals and SEALS to all of our kids. Since we MUST do that, staff will work from home as much as they possibly can and some will be called to come to school (as long as they have no Covid-19 related reasons not to) and some just won’t be able to do either and must stay away due to Covid-19 related issues approved by the Governor.

We will be making phone calls, sending home postcards and doing our best to keep up with and make connections with every child in the district on a regular basis. You as parents can always call the school or email to get information. Use the Remind application and check your school’s website and the district’s website for information.

I hope to have clear information from the Oregon Department of Education as to how Distance Learning For All directly impacts everyone and graduation for the Class of 2020 and the issuing of credits at the secondary level in the near future. We will pass that information on to all of you as soon as it is complete.

PLEASE stay healthy and be safe.

Sincerely,

Dr. Karen Gray
Superintendent LCSD

Tough times require a good counselor….

From Mental Health Counselor Karlee Davis:

With the uncertainty surrounding the outbreak of the Corona Virus pandemic, we want to reassure the community that mental health support is available to you.

Mental health counseling is an essential ingredient and will remain available during the pandemic. There are a number of therapists in the community who are offering professional Telehealth counseling (phone or video) to children, pre-teens, teens, and adults.

Due to the sudden viral outbreak it is only natural that it is going to have an impact on our emotional wellbeing – on adults as well as children.

As a mental health professional, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of these services. I encourage you to reach out to a therapist in your area so that you have a source of professional support.

To find a therapist in your area, you can visit PsychologToday.com.  Just type in your zip code. For a list of mental health resources and more information about the services we offer.  You can also visit my website at OceanMistCounseling.com.

Ocean Mist Counseling and Wellness, LLC Karlee Davis, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor kdavis@oceanmistcounseling.com, 541-270-4717

Back to school….AT HOME starting April 13th

Here comes home schooling….

School resumes April 13th in Oregon…  AT HOME!!  The Corona Virus got too much of a head start on the U.S.  The disruption to families with children will be horrendous – especially among families where both parents work.  Here’s the story from The Oregonian.  Click here.

Airrow helps families stay more safe in their homes and businesses…

Airrow Heating Provides Air Quality Solution to Lincoln County Businesses and Residents

In response to the nation-wide Corona Virus epidemic, Airrow Heating has focused its efforts on supporting the local community’s first responders and essential businesses. Since March 17, Airrow Heating has partnered with the Toledo Police Department and JC Thriftway in Newport to help protect the health of their employees by providing an indoor air cleaning system aimed at preventing the spread of disease.

In both the Toledo Police Station and JC Thriftway, Airrow Heating installed Aerus’ Air Scrubber units which reduce the exposure to common bacteria and viruses through ActivePure Technology. This technology purifies air, removes VOCs, and protects against MRSA, E. coli and other illness causing bacteria and viruses.

Toledo Chief of Police Michael Pace commented, “It is my honor and duty to not only protect the citizens of the Toledo community but also my employees. In light of the Corona Virus I have extended my duty to the families of my employees, many of whom are high-risk, vulnerable citizens. I knew this product was what I needed for our station. I’ve recommended the Air Scrubber for other city buildings as well.”

Local healthcare and essential administrative employees have also noted using this product in their homes and offices to protect themselves and their families.

If you are an essential front-line employee and want to learn more about Air Scrubbers, you can visit www.airscrubberbyaerus.com or call Airrow Heating at (541) 265-8000.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse still on the job

Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Joy Burton photo

Dark dreams will come
waves dashing themselves
against the rocks of your mind.

But remember, you are both
lighthouse and storm,
churning fury and serene sea.

Shape the howl of the wind
with these words,
“Peace Be Still”.

John Mark Green

Joy Burton

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