WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Water shortage triggers alert to Central Coast residents

Water levels low – CONSERVE, CONSERVE, CONSERVE….

Low streamflow is currently forecasted to continue for the Siletz River, a water source relied upon by the communities of Newport, Toledo, Siletz and Seal Rock. In addition to impacting drinking water supplies, low streamflow can have significant impacts on farm, forest, recreation, and natural resources sectors.

Preparation and timely response to low streamflow conditions are vital to the health and safety of our communities. As a proactive measure the City of Newport voluntarily suspended pumping water from its intake on the Siletz River on July 29th. In the past, the City did not initiate pumping from the Siletz until the reservoir levels reached low level thresholds. As a result, this timing corresponded with lower flows on the Siletz. This year’s effort was initiated to draw water from the Siletz when flows were greater utilizing the capacity of the City’s reservoirs to store water during low flow periods.

The City’s reservoirs have now reached a critical stage, and pumping will have to resume from the Siletz Intake. As of September 4th, the Siletz River is at 64 Cubic Feet Per Second (CFS) and the City’s Big Creek Reservoirs have dropped below 50% capacity. The City of Newport is suspending all non-critical water use, including all irrigation, effective immediately, and encourages water customers to limit the use of water for non-critical purposes until conditions improve.

The City of Newport, City of Toledo, City of Siletz and Seal Rock Water District are asking our customers to please continue to conserve water to reduce our demand on the Siletz River water. Specifically, we are asking customers to voluntarily:

  • Minimize outdoor irrigation. If irrigation is necessary, please do so during the hours of 10:00 pm and 8:00 am.
  • Refrain from washing cars (except at commercial establishments that recycle or reuse water in the cleaning process), equipment, and impervious surfaces, such as pavement.
  • Refrain from filling pools and ponds.
  • Avoid nonessential uses of water for such activities as recreation, remodeling, construction, and cleaning, unless absolutely necessary for public health or safety.

Water suppliers in the region appreciate the support and cooperation of the community as we respond to low streamflow conditions. Reducing the amount of water, we remove from coastal streams, many of which are already impaired as a result of drought conditions, translates to better stream health and a more sustainable water supply for the future. Taking action to reduce our demand on the Siletz River now also makes it less likely that we will need a greater level of water conservation later this summer.

Water suppliers continue to monitor conditions daily, along with the state’s natural resource and public safety agencies (including the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management) and will provide updates to the region as needed.

Additional ways to conserve water in and around your home include:

  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
  • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
  • Check your faucets, toilets, and irrigation systems for leaks.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
  • Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
  • Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler, and rainfall is more plentiful.
  • Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
  • Water your lawn and garden in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
  • Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could save water and prevent damage to your home.
  • Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up.
  • Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.

To learn more about water conservation, please visit www.srwd.org or https://wateruseitwisely.com/

Chub n’ Dales Comedy Show at Waldport Moose Lodge Sept. 14

“Get You Laugh On with the famous Chub-N-Dales Comedy Show at Waldport Moose Lodge, Sat, Sep 14th, in Support of the Moose and Local Civic Charities! $30-Dinner & Show, $15-Show only! Prime Rib/Crab Cocktail Dinner starts 5pm, Opens 7pm for Show & Show starts at 8pm. Open to Public 21 years old and above. Call 541-270-6194, or 541-563-2129 for Tickets!”

LCSO seeks public’s help in tracking down missing man…

On September 2nd, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a missing person in the Otis area. The complainant reported 37 year-old Cameron Ray Shelden of Otis was last seen on foot in the Widow Creek area the previous morning.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue was activated and began searching for Shelden. Search and Rescue performed a number of search operations over multiple days; utilizing ground search volunteers, specially trained K-9s, and unmanned aerial systems. Search efforts for Shelden have been unsuccessful. New leads are being investigated as they are received. Anyone with information pertaining to Shelden’s whereabouts area encouraged to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (541) 265-0669.

Birds of a feather take wing together…

Taking wing…
Wallace Kauman

 

In all climes and minds comes stormy weather
or cold or drought or doubt that makes love wither.
Hope’s the bird that sings inside the soul.
And look–imagination is one feather.
Wallace Kaufman

Transforming fish to feathers….
Wallace Kaufman

Letter to the Editor – Climate Change

Our only home
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Get With The Program? No: Deprogram Yourself…

by Mitchell Santine Gould
Lincoln City, Oregon
In 2007, when theologian Brian D McLauren published an influential book entitled Everything Must Change, he told a reporter, “when you think about civilization, in many ways it’s like a machine. It’s this complex structure that we put together to help us achieve these three good desires for prosperity, equity, and security.” Unfortunately, he added, thanks to “bad programming,” “the very machinery that you’ve built to help you becomes machinery that can destroy you.” He specifically described such horror using the film The Matrix. In this way, McLauren introduced the proposition that civilization is a suicide machine.
 
The hero of The Matrix, Neo, is given the choice to stay plugged into a never-ending stream of electronic fantasies that project a reassuring vision of business as usual or to wake up to a ruthless society under universal surveillance, overseeing the devastation of the planet’s life-support systems. Sound familiar? Is it merely a coincidence that the content and scheduling of mass entertainment, fueled by consumerism, is known as “programming?” If we follow McLauren’s train of thought, we arrive at the realization that we must unplug from the Matrix, and start deprogramming ourselves.
 
Now, I question myself whether I have a God-given right to drive 70 miles an hour on the freeway.  Whether I have a God-given right to travel to Borneo for the fun of it, or to have
as many children as I can afford to raise. I question whether my packages need to be delivered by next-day air or whether I need to own more than one home. I question even the fundamental nature of my own personal power and appreciate that every time I make a purchase, I just cast a clear vote for more of the same. 
I have come to agree with Ralph Waldo Emerson: “You think good days are preparing for you? Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself and the triumph of your principles.”
(Disclaimer:  The foregoing does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of NewsLincolnCounty.com or its advertisers.  The opinions of the writer are strictly his own.)

Drumming for Peace in Newport

Drumming for Peace, in Newport

The Newport Community Drum Circle has been dedicating its last regular drum circle of the summer season at Don and Ann Davis Park to thoughts of peace for a least a decade in honor of the annual United Nations International Day of Peace.

“This year our last summer session at the park before we resume our regular winter schedule will be on Tuesday, September 17 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and I believe this will be our tenth or eleventh year of recognizing UN Peace Day,” Drum Circle Coordinator Chandler Davis said. (Davis said the drum circle will resume its winter schedule at the park on Saturday, October 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.)

“The UN’s theme this year is ‘Climate Action for Peace’ which we find especially compelling, so we will also be participating in a rally on Saturday, September 21 (the official Day of Peace) at Newport City Hall to help call attention to the connection between environmental sustainability and world peace,” Davis said.

Davis and members of the drum circle will present a free high energy sampling of his unique arrangements of traditional and indigenous World Beat rhythms from 10 a.m. until the start of the rally at 11:00 a.m. on the steps in front of city hall.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the climate change theme seeks to make the point that “the global climate emergency is a threat to security and stability. As coastal areas and degraded inland areas are becoming uninhabitable, millions of people are being forced to seek safety and better lives elsewhere. With extreme weather events and disasters becoming more frequent and severe, disputes over dwindling resources risk fueling climate-related conflict…”

Guterres has also convened a first-ever week-long UN Climate Action Summit on September 23 at UN Headquarters in New York, to which world leaders have been invited. The plan is “to come up with concrete and realistic plans to rapidly accelerate action to implement the Paris Agreement, and to make a pivotal shift toward a cleaner, safer and greener future” the UN leader said.

The Newport rally is one of more than a thousand that have been organized by groups (particularly youth groups) around the world for the week leading up to the UN summit.

Participants at the Tuesday drum circle at the park — in the glass-enclosed gazebo, across from the Performing Arts Center — are invited to bring songs, poems, or stories of peace or “to just join us in reaffirming through shared rhythm our commitment to living in a way that promotes peace, justice, and sustainability.” The event is family friendly and alcohol, drug, and smoke free. No musical experience is necessary and loaner drums will be available.

More experienced drummers who would like to participate in the free concert before the rally are invited to contact Davis at 541-272-4615 or chandler@chandlerdavis.com.

Avoid LOUD areas to maintain good hearing throughout your life.

Voice for Recovery: Together We are Stronger!

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Event to Raise Awareness of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

In recognition of National Recovery Month, Hands Across the Alsea Bay Bridge celebrates the journey of those living in recovery. This annual event offers hope and connection for anyone affected by addiction or mental health disorders.

Join Lincoln County community members, treatment professionals, and prevention organizations for this celebration on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Hand Across the Bridge has three main activities happening throughout the day:

● 10:00am-2:00pm Prescription Drug Take Back event. Safely dispose any unused or expired medications to protect your family and the environment. No questions asked. Bring medications to the Lincoln County Sheriff Substation behind Waldport City Hall, 125 Alsea Highway.

● 11:30am Bridge Crossing. Join hands with others across the Alsea Bay Bridge to demonstrate the reach that substance use and mental health disorders have in our community. Meet at the Alsea Interpretive Center, 620 NW Spring ST Parking Lot in Waldport.

● 12:30pm-3:00pm BBQ and Celebration. Join community members living in recovery, supporting those in recovery, and everything in between for a BBQ lunch. Attendees will find connection, support, and resources. This celebration will be held at the Seashore Family Literacy Center, 265 SW Bay St. in Waldport.

Every year during National Recovery Month, communities throughout the U.S. come together, explore resources, and share their stories. Gatherings like the local Hands Across the Bridge event remind us that substance use disorders and mental health disorders can happen to anyone, but recovery is possible.

Recovery month is also a reminder that prevention works. This is a great time to talk with youth or loved ones about substance abuse, gambling concerns, or a change in their mental health. Help remove the stigma of addiction and mental health disorders by talking with those close to you and connecting with treatment or support services.

Tips on how to start conversations around substance use:
● The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: https://drugfree.org/ or call 1-855-378-4373
● The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
https://www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking/parent-resources/small-conversations

Lincoln County Public Health, in collaboration with our community partners, provides leadership to assure the conditions for healthy communities.

Lincoln Co. Commission tackling VRD issue – who is licensed, who isn’t

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Vacation Rental Dwellings

Lincoln County Commissioners this week spent a lot of time on a couple of issues – getting a handle on the status of vacation rental dwellings (VRD) and how new federal tsunanmi inundation maps might affect property owner insurance rates and property values.

Commissioners said it’s been a while since they had the number of vacation dwelling units accurately tabulated in areas outside city limits. County Counsel/Administrator Wayne Belmont told the Commission that there are probably a lot of VRDs that aren’t even registered within the county’s unincorporated areas or violating the limits of how many vacationers can occupy a single VRD. Belmont said the county is working diligently to fix that by acquiring VRD management software like Tillamook County and the city of Newport currently use. The county, says Belmont, is revamping its complaint system and VRD enforcement is being stepped up to make sure occupancy limits are not being violated. They’re also examining transient room tax receipts to make sure VRD regulations are being followed. There’s also the issue of capping the number of such rentals. Belmont said there will be two public workshops on all this and more in early October. Look on the county’s website and search for “What’s New” and that should lead citizens to the time and day of the workshops.

The use of septic tanks for VRDs is common in the outlying county areas. The county intends to investigate whether some VRDs are allowing too many guests at one time and overwhelming their septic systems. Also their county septic inspection schedules – are they being met? The county has records of who is on septic, but officials admit there are unlicensed septics all over the county – no specific estimate – especially if they’re being used as VRDs.

County Animal Shelter Update

Commissioners then directed their attention to taking the next step to replacing the old County Animal Shelter. After considerable back-and-forth among commissioners and staff it was agreed that the old shelter must be torn down and a temporary shelter, in the form of modular building components, should take its place until a permanent site and facility can be envisioned and built. No time line for all this was laid out but it appears that the commission is motivated to get the transition going.

Providing affordable single family homes in Lincoln County

The Lincoln County Commission approved an ambitious plan to provide at least five affordably built new homes in the Lincoln City area. The county owns some land that is close to streets, utilities and other amenities and this week the Commission formally decided to turn those lots over to two separate affordable housing non-profit groups to receive the land and then go shopping for contractors. Non-profits Northwest Coastal Housing and Habitat for Humanity combined forces to make the arrangements and said they’ll get to work on them as soon as the deal with the county is signed. Commissioners said they will sign.

County under the gun on Federal Tsunami/Flood Maps

Oregon Coast residents are by now very fatigued of thinking about “The Big One” that some scientists say is just around the corner. Of course they’re talking about figuring out which homes, commercial buildings and public facilities are situated where they’re sitting ducks for a big earthquake and tsunami that some geologists predict is likely to occur in the near future. The offshore Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake roars up just about every 250 to 350 years. Many speculate we’re due for another one due to the fact that the last one was on January 26, 1700 – over 300 years ago.

Lincoln County Planning Director Onno Husing says the federal government is in the processing of analyzing all this and setting up new flood insurance rates that for some property owners could rise substantially. Others would see no increase in insurance rates at all.

In response, Husing and his county planners are scheduling public meetings to explain all this at a PUBLIC meeting of the county Planning Commission and a PUBLIC meeting at the County Commission. The “public-invited” Planning Commission meeting is set for September 30th and the “public-invited” County Commission meeting is set for October 9th. Watch for times on the county website and here on NewsLincolnCounty.com.

Husing says if your property is not in a flood zone, nothing changes. If your property is within a flood zone your home insurance rates could be affected. Both Belmont and Husing re-emphasized that the federal government is inflicting this program across the nation. It’s not just Oregon. He said all property owners are encouraged to call the county planning department to figure out their own situation as revealed by the new flood maps. Husing also strongly urged all property owners with land near the water to check with their property insurance agency.

Traffic Alert – Newport

Road work alert, Newport

NE Yaquina Heights Drive – Single Lane Traffic Tuesday, September 10 until further notice.

The City of Newport Public Works Department advises that there will be single lane traffic on sections of NE Yaquina Heights Drive, from NE 3rd Street to NE Newport Heights Drive, starting Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Flaggers will direct traffic.

This is for the construction of the NE Yaquina Heights Drive Waterline and Sanitary Sewer Improvements. The project is scheduled to be complete in March of 2020.

Keiki Kowabunga Challenge September 28th!

Neighbors For Kids (NFK) will be hosting the 1st Annual “Keiki Kowabunga Challenge,” an introductory, fun surf contest for experienced and novice youth surfers. The event will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10:00-4:00, at Otter Rock State Park. 

This surf contest will be provided free to the first 75 surfers, so parents are encouraged to register on-line. The contest is open to ages 7-16 and youth will be separated into three age groups. There will be a panel of judges consisting of local surfers and community members who will score the event. Snacks, drinks, goodie bags, event t-shirts, a raffle drawing and prizes will be awarded to all participants.

NFK’s Summer Surf Camps started in 2014. In the beginning staff took about 15 kids to the beach; now they take up to 50 youth every Friday for 11 weeks from June through August. NFK hopes the Keiki Kowabunga Challenge will serve as a way to cap their Summer Surf Camp experience, demonstrate the skills youth have gained during surf camp, offer them the opportunity to get a feel for what it is like to participate in a contest, and gain confidence to put themselves out there in the surfing world.

This annual surf contest is being held in loving memory of Byron Lewis, a longstanding NFK board member who was a local surfer and fully supported the surf camps offered at the Kids Zone Summer Day Camp. 

Our organization is currently seeking sponsorships and donations toward this fundraising event. If you would like to contribute, get more information or to register your child to surf, please call 541-765-8990 or visit NFK’s website at www.neighborsforkids.org. 

Newport area residents invited to get involved with Sister City Program

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CITY OF NEWPORT ANNOUNCES SIX CITIZEN AT-LARGE POSITIONS ON THE MONBETSU SISTER CITY COMMITTEE

The City of Newport is seeking applications from citizens interested in serving on the City of Newport’s recently created Sister City Committee. The City Council adopted Resolution No. 3870, on September 3, 2019, which created the Sister City Committee. There are six positions on this Committee for anyone interested in the Sister City Program.

Newport and Mombetsu, Hokkaido, Japan, entered into a Sister City relationship on April 8, 1966. For the last 53 years, both cities have participated in many cultural exchanges of youth and adults. The city had an ad hoc committee in the past, but wished to formally create the committee to commit to and enhance future exchanges.

The Sister City Committee is charged with: maintaining communications with Newport’s Sister City, Mombetsu, Hokkaido, Japan, on opportunities to collaborate; informing, promoting to Newport residents the Sister City relationship with Mombetsu; identifying participants for future exchanges; planning and executing fundraising events to support Newport students participating in exchanges; identifying host families for future exchanges to Newport; and other responsibilities as identified.  The Sister City Committee will meet quarterly, and more frequently as needed leading up to, and during, exchanges.

Anyone interested in serving on the Sister City Committee should apply using the city’s committee application found on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov; click on “City;” then on “Committees;” and then on “Application for Committee/Commission.”

The completed form can be submitted electronically. Copies of the committee application form can be obtained by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365, or by calling 541.574.0613.

The application deadline is September 23, 2019.

The Mayor, subject to ratification of the City Council, will make appointments to the Sister City Committee, at an upcoming City Council meeting. Interviews with potential Committee members may be scheduled prior to appointment.

Questions should be directed to Peggy Hawker, at p.hawker@newportoregon.gov, or 541.574.0613.

Dark and Stormy Nights at the Driftwood Public Library

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Dark & Stormy Nights at Driftwood Public Library

Driftwood Public Library is delighted to announce the schedule of mystery writers for its 16th annual Dark & Stormy Night series for this October. This will be the 16th year in which the library invites genre authors to speak in Lincoln City. The series takes place at the library at 4:00 Thursday afternoons in October, beginning October 3rd.

Fifteen years ago, Driftwood teamed with the late Marcy Taylor to bring Northwest mystery writers to the Oregon coast. That first year was so successful that the series has continued every October, with only one break while the library was closed for its renovation in the Autumn and early Winter of 2009. The series has expanded to include writers from other genres, including science fiction, fantasy, and horror, sometimes all mashed together!

Dana Haynes will be returning to open this year’s series on October 3rd. Dana is the author of the new mystery/thriller novel, St. Nicholas Salvage and Wrecking.
Haynes has spent 25 years in Oregon newspaper newsrooms, split between weeklies and dailies. He currently serves as managing editor of the Portland Tribune and several associated newspapers. He has won awards as a reporter, columnist and editor. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he also served as spokesman and speechwriter for the mayor of Portland. He lives in Portland with his wife Katy King.

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Winter Gardening – It’s easier than you think!!

Winter Vegetable Gardening

Gardening does not have to end with summer. With a little planning, common sense and knowledge of what to plant and when to plant, you can have fresh vegetables harvested from your own garden any time of the year. Pat Patterson, retired OSU Extension agent and Lane County Master Garden will explain the ins and outs of winter gardening.

Download handouts prior to session by clicking here.

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019
10 am to 12pm
Gleneden Beach Fire Station
6445 Gleneden Beach Loop

Visit orcoastmga.org to reserve a seat or call the Master Gardener extension office at 541-574-6534.

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