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Big things are happening at Oregon Coast Aquarium

Improvements are arriving at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Oregon Coast Aquarium Commences more Renovations

Newport, Oregon The Oregon Coast Aquarium (OCAq) has commenced construction on its next series of
projects, including major renovations to its indoor galleries and café.

The projects comprise the second phase of the Aquarium’s multiphase Capital Campaign for improvement.
Construction is to be completed in spring 2023, and will give way to gallery improvements and new additions.

The Aquarium’s café, Rocky Shores, Sandy Shores, and Coastal Waters galleries will undergo general
renovations. The Sandy Shores gallery will be outfitted with a newly remodeled touch pool, expanding its
capacity and providing more opportunities for visitors to meet Oregon’s intertidal species, while the Coastal
Waters gallery will feature a new mangrove exhibit. 
Alongside the existing galleries, the Aquarium will also construct a new gallery space dedicated entirely to seajellies. 

To ensure the safety of visitors during active construction, the Aquarium’s café, Sandy Shores and Rocky
Shores galleries will be temporarily closed beginning September 6.

Aquarium admission prices will remain unchanged, and guests will continue to have access to a variety of
other exhibits and features; as a nonprofit organization, ticket sales and memberships support the care of
Aquarium animals along with conservation and rehabilitation efforts.

Completion of these projects is thanks to contributions from major donors, including the State of Oregon, Al
Gleason, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, James and Shirley Rippey Family Foundation, Maybelle Clark
Macdonald Fund, John & Nancy Dennis Family, Jim Pattison/Roth’s Fresh Markets, Marta & Ken Thrasher,
Christine & David Vernier, Miller Family Holdings and Aquarium Volunteers.

To learn more about the Aquarium’s current projects and progress, visit givetoaquarium.org.

350 East Olive, Newport

Updated Covid booster shots are starting to make the rounds…

New updated COVID-19 boosters could be available in Oregon next week, following CDC approval

Federal authorities today authorized the use of new updated bivalent COVID-19 boosters for people 12 and older, and the updated boosters are expected to be available in Oregon as early as next week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today endorsed a recommendation by its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and approved both the Pfizer and Moderna bivalent boosters for use.  The recommendation comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the new mRNA bivalent boosters, which add an Omicron BA.4/5 spike protein component to the current vaccine composition, on Wednesday. Both boosters are designed to prevent severe illness and hospitalization from a broader range of viral strains, including the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants that account for the overwhelming majority of recent COVID-19 infections in Oregon and nationally.

The updated boosters are a single dose that can be administered two months after an initial two-dose series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or two months after a monovalent booster of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. The updated boosters  can be administered regardless of which vaccine series a person received. The Moderna bivalent booster is authorized only for persons 18 years of age and older; the Pfizer booster can be given to persons at least 12 years of age. The older monovalent vaccines are no longer authorized for booster doses.

Before the updated boosters are available in Oregon, the panel of scientific experts comprising the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, which includes Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada, must review and recommend the bivalent boosters. The group is scheduled to meet tonight.

“With fall and winter approaching with circulation of COVID-19 anticipated to increase, when most of us will spend more time indoors, the availability of safe and effective vaccine boosters offers us strong protection against the worst outcomes of COVID-19, including severe illness, hospitalizations and death,” said Dean Sidelinger, M.D. MSEd, health officer and state epidemiologist at Oregon Health Authority (OHA). “Should the Western workgroup endorse the federal recommendations — a decision we expect based on the safety and efficacy of the updated boosters — OHA will make the boosters available to everyone eligible in Oregon so they can get the updated booster as soon as they’re able.”

The updated boosters simplify the current recommendations for boosters. The updated Moderna booster is for everyone 18 and older, and Pfizer’s updated booster is  for everyone 12 and older. To increase accessibility to the updated boosters, OHA will open three additional high-volume sites next week and expand hours at existing sites. Details will be available on our blog as the new sites open.

Health care providers, Tribal and local public health partners and pharmacies in Oregon have placed pre-orders for the boosters, and deliveries are arriving in Oregon now, with more shipments  expected after the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 5. OHA encourages everyone who is interested in receiving the updated booster to check with their provider first, to see when the booster will be available, or to check OHA’s website and the Get Vaccinated Oregontool.

OHA estimates more than 2.7 million Oregon residents are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 bivalent booster.

With the start of flu season, OHA also encourages everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot to protect against seasonal influenza. It is safe and effective to get a COVID-19 booster and flu shot at the same time.

The updated boosters, like all COVID-19 vaccines, are free.

Looking for a place to call home…

Hello…I’m looking for anyone in the Newport area that has a room to rent. I am a senior citizen and a veteran of international travel.  I’m polite and very open minded, college educated and would love to get back home to the Central Coast.  I would need a room with enough space for a single bed, some computer equipment.  None of it makes any noise.

I’m a widely known person in Newport because I lived there for many years and have been and remained a news reporter for the Newport area –  NewsLincolnCounty.com.

So anyone who might consider renting a room or sharing a house or condo, give me a call — same number for the past 20+ years – 541-351-1408.

Thank you for your time.

Dave Morgan, 541-351-1408

Email:m  Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com

A Feast for the Eyes and Ears

SIGHTS & SOUNDS
Join us for a unique multimedia experience! Visual artists Katia Kyte and Victoria McOmie will take inspiration from the music they’re hearing to create original works in real time.With musical selections by Grieg, Chopin and Brahms played by Festival headliners James Stern, Tosca Opdam, Mei-Ting Sun, Miriam English Ward, William Wolfram and Katherine Schultz, this concert promises to be a feast for the eyes and ears.

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“Bringing multi-genre world class music performed by outstanding musicians to the Central Oregon Coast; to reach across race, culture, age, social and economic barriers, to uplift and educate all people seeking extraordinary musical experiences.”
DONATE TO SILETZ BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL
We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Our programs are supported in part by the following organizations: 
For more information about Siletz Bay Music Festival or to purchase tickets please see www.siletzbaymusic.org, email info@siletzbaymusic.org, or call (541) 264-5828.

The economy isn’t as challenged as some people think…

Governor Kate Brown
Signing on the line…

Governor Kate Brown Statement on September Revenue Forecast

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today issued the following statement on the state’s September revenue forecast:

“Thanks to the fiscally responsible decisions the State of Oregon has made over the last several years, we are well positioned with significant reserves to weather any economic challenges that lie ahead. Now, we must continue to make investments to benefit Oregon’s working families, so that all Oregonians can feel the benefits of our strong economic recovery.

“With rising costs of living continuing to impact Oregon families and businesses, the Legislature can, in the budget for the next biennium, build on the investments we made in the last session––particularly in housing, workforce development, behavioral health, and child care.

“And, thanks to the work of Oregon’s congressional delegation and the Biden-Harris administration to pass the Inflation Reduction Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we can continue to invest federal dollars to lower costs and create jobs for working families.”

It’s OK to get back in the water…

D River Beach health advisory lifted Sept. 2

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a public health advisory for contact with ocean water at D River Beach, located in Lincoln County.

The health authority issued the advisory Sept. 1 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from follow-up tests performed by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) showed lower bacteria levels. Contact with the ocean water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk. Officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0440, or call OHA toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

Traffic Crash at High 101 near Logan Road

5:55pm  Traffic Crash at 4060 North Highway 101 in Lincoln City.  The crash involved a vehicle and motorcyclist.  The rider was knocked off his motorcycle but was not badly hurt.  No word on details.  But nobody was killed.

There’s nothing better than a train ride…

Portland, OR — September 2, 2022 — The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) and the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation (ORHF) are pleased to announce the permanent transfer of the Mount Emily Shay #1 locomotive to ORHF.

The Mount Emily Shay was manufactured at the Lima Locomotive Works in Ohio in the 1920s. Shays are geared steam locomotives, specifically suited for mining and timber industries. While almost three thousand Shays were manufactured, only around 115 still exist today; even less are still operational.

The Mount Emily Shay was originally purchased by the Hofus Steel & Equipment Company of Seattle, Washington, then sold to the Independence Logging Company of Independence, Washington. It was eventually sold to, and named after, the Mount Emily Lumber Company, located in the city of La Grande in eastern Oregon. The Mount Emily Shay was owned and operated by the company until it was retired in 1957 and donated to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) for use at its facility in Washington Park. When it couldn’t safely be transported to Washington Park, ownership was transferred to OHS in 1958.

The Mount Emily Shay went on long-term loan to the state of West Virginia beginning in the 1970s. The borrower restored the engine to working order (twice — it was damaged once due to fire), and the locomotive was operated on the Cass Scenic Railroad. In the mid-1990s, OHS, with the guidance, expertise, and help of train enthusiast Martin E. Hansen, recalled the locomotive from West Virginia to be of service educating and thrilling Oregon constituents. From several choices, the City of Prineville Railway was chosen as the new borrower/caretaker/operator of the Mount Emily Shay. From its return from West Virginia in 1994 to the present, the City of Prineville has housed and operated the Mount Emily Shay for excursions and fundraising programs.

The City of Prineville requested an end to the loan agreement, and, since OHS is not equipped to house nor operate a locomotive, the organization sought a new steward. A request for proposals was released in April 2022, and the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation was selected to be the new owner of the Mount Emily Shay on September 1, 2022.

Once physically transferred, the locomotive requires a federally mandated inspection before it can be operated again. ORHF plans to use the Mount Emily Shay to operate holiday and some weekend excursions between their museum location near OMSI to Oaks Amusement Park and back. Keep your eye on their website for updates!

OHS Deputy Museum Director Nicole Yasuhara says of the transfer, “The Oregon Historical Society sincerely appreciates the support of the City of Prineville in stewarding and operating the Mount Emily Shay for decades. We are thrilled that the Mount Emily Shay will have a new, permanent home at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, where it will be on view and used for excursions, balancing preservation and access to this important piece of Oregon history.”

“The Mount Emily Shay will allow the Oregon Rail Heritage Center to show the public the important role logging railroads played in the development of the timber industry in Oregon,” said Roy Hemmingway, president of ORHF. “Specialty locomotives like the Shay, which could operate on steep and rough track, were able to access timber not available by other means  Shays were key to bringing logs to the mills and developing Oregon’s timber economy,”

Traffic crash on Highway 18, milepost 10

12:55pm  Traffic crash on Siletz Highway milepost 10.  Motorcyclists down.  Lady rider is on the ground.  Injured.

1:00pm   Life Flight is grounded due to heavy rainsRescuers are coming on scene.  Victim is badly injured.

1:10pm  Transported to a hospital.

A Saturday evening concert at the Lincoln County Cultural Center – 540 NE Highway 101, Lincoln City

A SATURDAY SOIREE
Festival newcomers Peter Winograd and William Wolfram team up to play César Franck’s lyrical Violin Sonata in A Major at tonight’s concert at Lincoln City Cultural Center, Saturday evening, 540 NE Highway 101, Lincoln City

Violinist Peter Winograd has played with the acclaimed American String Quartet since 1990, and is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

Pianist Bill Wolfram, also on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, has soloed with many of the great orchestras in the world, but is equally at home playing chamber music.

We are fortunate to have these outstanding musicians joining us this year!

Tonight’s soloists – photobombed by long-time friend Yaki Bergman.
TICKETS & INFORMATION
Bringing multi-genre world class music performed by outstanding musicians to the Central Oregon Coast; to reach across race, culture, age, social and economic barriers, to uplift and educate all people seeking extraordinary musical experiences.”
DONATE TO SILETZ BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL
We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Our programs are supported in part by the following organizations: 
For more information about Siletz Bay Music Festival or to purchase tickets please see www.siletzbaymusic.org, email info@siletzbaymusic.org, or call (541) 264-5828.

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