WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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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

Want to help Lincoln County?

We would like to continue accepting new applications at this time. Please submit your application.Lincoln County has a vacancy on the Nonprofit Social Service Agency Allocation Review Committee. This committee recommends which non-profit agencies should receive funding and the amount of funding based on specific criteria established by the Board of Commissioners.

Frequency of Meetings: One night meeting/year (occasionally may require additional review).  Applications are available online at: https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/boc/page/committee-and-board-application

An agency qualifies to make an application if it is a 501(c)(3) private, nonprofit social agency providing direct services to either the general population of Lincoln County or targeted segments of that population within the county. Allocations can be made for on-going operational expenses, equipment purchases, capital improvements and associated expenses, service improvements or expansions or any combination of the above.

Allocations will be awarded by the Board of Commissioners based on the recommendations of a Review Committee appointed by the Board. The Review Committee may request additional information from applicants and may, at its discretion, schedule informal meetings with applicants to clarify information. The Review Committee will recommend funding allocations to the Board of Commissioners.

The criteria the Review Committee and Board will generally use to review the applications include:
•Provider of direct social services to citizens within Lincoln County
•Historical support by Lincoln County of agency’s operations and activities
•Record of service in the County
•Demonstrated sound financial and administrative capabilities
•Unavailability of services through other sources
•Avoidance of duplication of services from either governmental or other nonprofit agencies
•Experience in coordinating services with other agencies across spectrum of social services provided inthe County
•Accessibility of programs and facilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

Completed applications may be delivered in person/mailed to, Lincoln County Courthouse, 225 W. Olive Street, Room #110, Newport, OR 97365 or emailed to clmiller@co.lincoln.or.us

To reach Lincoln County Public Information Officer, Casey Miller: 541-265-0211 clmiller@co.lincoln.or.us

They’re working on the Nye Beach Turn-around…

Nye Beach Turnaround
Getting a face lift…

Nye Beach Turnaround – PARKING LOT CLOSURE, Construction Activity

The City of Newport, Public Works Department, advises the Nye Beach Turnaround
located on NW Beach Drive will have all three parking areas closed for resurfacing March 31st to April 8th.

Nye Beach access and Beach Drive will remain accessible.

Please drive with caution during this construction period.

So…you’re working for home. Here’s some handy tips….

Working from home – getting easier by the day….

SECURITY TIPS FOR TELECOMMUTERS DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

WORKING FROM HOME?

Keeping your home online workplace secure during the COVID-19 outbreak:

While working from home can – and hopefully will – help slow the spread of the coronavirus, it brings new challenges: juggling work while kids are home from school; learning new software and collaboration programs; and managing paper files at home. As you’re getting your work-at-home systems set up, here are some tips for protecting your devices and personal information.
 

Start with- cybersecurity basics like Do Not Click! Keep your security software up to date. Use passwords on all your devices and apps. Make sure the passwords are long, strong and unique: at least 12 characters that are a mix of numbers, symbols and capital and lowercase letters.

Secure your home network- Start with your router. Turn on encryption (WPA2 or WPA3). Encryption scrambles information sent over your network so outsiders can’t read it. WPA2 and WPA3 are the most up-to-date encryption standards to protect information sent over a wireless network. No WPA3 or WPA2 options on your router? Try updating your router software, then check again to see if WPA2 or WPA3 are available. If not, consider replacing your router. For more guidance, read Securing Your Wireless Network and Secure Remote Access.

Keep an eye on your laptop and cell phone- If you’re using a laptop or a cell phone to work, make sure it is password-protected, locked and secure. Never leave it unattended – like in a vehicle or at a public charging station.

Securely store sensitive files- When there’s a legitimate business need to transfer confidential information from office to home, keep it out of sight and under lock and key. If you don’t have a file cabinet at home, use a locked room.

Dispose of sensitive data securely- Don’t just throw it in the trash or recycling bin. Shred it with a micro-cut shredder. Paperwork you no longer need can be a treasure to identity thieves if it includes personal information about customers or employees.

Follow your employer’s security practices- Your home is now an extension of your office. So, follow the protocols that your employer has implemented.

Want to learn more? Read our previous alerts on COVID-19 and learn how to file a complaint about price gouging by calling our new price gouging hotline at 503-378-8442.

*Information provided by Oregon Department of Justice, Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection Section.

Governor Kate Brown Statement on Federal Disaster Declaration for Oregon

                   Oregon State Capitol

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today issued the following statement on the White House’s disaster declaration for Oregon:

“This declaration is an important first step towards unlocking all available federal resources for Oregon’s state, tribal, and local response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I appreciate the responsiveness of Vice President Pence and federal administration officials to our requests for aid.

“However, this is far from everything Oregon needs from the federal government to actively and effectively combat this crisis. We have a number of significant requests pending with the federal government, first and foremost Oregon’s request for more personal protective equipment from the national stockpile.

“In addition, a significant part of our disaster declaration request was for individual assistance for all Oregon counties and tribes—including child care assistance, crisis counseling, disaster case management, disaster legal services, and disaster unemployment assistance for Oregonians. That request is still also pending, and would provide significant relief to Oregon families if approved.

“This is an unprecedented public health crisis that demands a coordinated national response, backed by the full resources of the federal government. I will continue to work with the White House and Oregon’s congressional delegation to fight for access to every tool available to keep Oregonians safe from COVID-19.”

Today’s Major Disaster Declaration by President Trump for the State of Oregon, retroactive to January 20, 2020, allows for the activation of FEMA’s Public Assistance program for reimbursements of emergency actions taken by state, territorial, tribal, and local government entities, as well as certain non-profit organizations.

Organizations eligible for recovery efforts on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Management, control and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety;
  • Emergency operation and coordination costs;
  • Disinfection of eligible public facilities;
  • Medical sheltering;
  • Purchase and distribution of food, water, medicine and other consumable supplies, including Personal Protective Equipment.

PPE assistance comes in just in time…but more required soon…

Gov. Kate Brown

Governor Kate Brown Announces Oregon Progress on Personal Protective Equipment Acquisition, Highlights Urgent Need for Federal Contribution

Oregon Dental Association among the first organizations to donate, collecting members’ reserves of masks and gloves for distribution to hospital staff and first responders

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced Oregon’s progress on acquiring personal protective equipment (PPE)  to collect as much available supply as possible from around the state. The effort is underway in anticipation of the surge of COVID-19 patients that will need treatment in the coming weeks.

She thanked those individuals, businesses, organizations, and health care providers who have already responded to her call to contribute any available reserves of PPE for COVID-19 response. However, even the significant amounts donated fall far short of what is needed in Oregon, with health care workers across the state still reusing PPE and even making their own masks and face shields due to national PPE shortages.

“I want to sincerely thank every single individual and organization who contributed to this effort,” said Governor Brown. “You truly reflect the Oregon way––coming together in difficult times for the good of Oregonians most in need.”

The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) was among the first organizations leading the way through a donation drive that resulted in more than 60,000 masks and approximately 600,000 gloves, gowns, and face shields from dentists across Oregon. ODA completed the drive after the Governor’s March 19 call to conserve personal protective equipment, which is essential when diagnosing, treating, and caring for individuals with COVID-19.

In addition to the contributions of the ODA, the ECC has received over 104,000 masks and 273,000 gloves from private donations.

However, a far greater amount of PPE will still be necessary to fill the need of health care workers to treat Oregon’s anticipated surge of COVID-19 patients––a need which only the federal government has the resources to meet.

“I know these are challenging times for all Oregonians, including the medical providers who have halted all non-urgent procedures in response to my recent executive order. Doing so allows us to conserve and redirect these critical resources to our state’s COVID-19 response.

Corona Virus plague continues to grow….

Oregon reports 69 new COVID-19 cases

PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon Health Authority reported 69 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 548, as of 8 a.m. today. No new deaths were reported. The number of COVID-19 deaths in Oregon remains at 13, as of 8 a.m. today.

 The new COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (3), Deschutes (3), Hood River (1), Jackson (11), Josephine (1), Klamath (2), Lane (1), Linn (4), Marion (15), Multnomah (10), Polk (2), Tillamook (1), Wasco (1), Washington (14). Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

 Update: The 93-year-old man whose death was reported yesterday had an underlying condition. The data posted once a day on Oregon Health Authority’s website and shared once a day with the media are provisional and may be updated as more information becomes available after the daily reporting.

The federal money spigot just opened up to help Oregon fight Corona Virus

Corona Virus

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Sunday that President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Oregon, freeing federal emergency aid to supplement Oregon’s fight against the Corona Virus.

As of Sunday, the virus had killed 13 people in the state. Gov. Kate Brown issued a state of emergency for the state on March 8 and a stay-at-home order on Monday.

Here’s more from the Oregonian.  Click here

Corona Virus still going strong in Oregon

Corona Virus

Oregon state and county health officials Friday reported nearly 100 new coronavirus cases, marking the largest increase of infections in a single day and bringing the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state to 414.

The Oregon Health Authority also reported the state’s 12th death linked to the illness, an 82-year-old Marion County woman who died Wednesday at Salem Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions, state health officials said.  Here’s more from The Oregonian.  Click here.

Newport Library Update…

Newport Library

NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY DIGITAL AND ONLINE RESOURCES

The Newport Public Library has closed its doors in compliance with Coronavirus precautions, but our staff are committed to providing you with reliable information and valuable services. We are available to help you via email or phone. If you have questions for the library, you can contact staff Monday-Friday from 10 am-5 pm at 541-265-2153 or email reference@newportlibrary.org. If you call or email on the weekend, your questions may not be addressed until Monday.

As a public institution, we did not make this decision lightly. We recognize closure means some of the people who need us the most will not have access to the library building. We are working with our partners to develop a plan to best support our community. To protect employee health, we are following workplace guidelines from Lincoln County health officials.

While our physical space is closed, your Library card gives you access to a world of digital content and other services for all ages including downloadable magazines, eBooks and audiobooks, streaming video, educational resources, and language tutorials. All are

available at www.newportlibrary.org and free with your library card. You should also know:

  • ●  We will be extending holds and due dates. If you have materials that are due during this closure, please keep them until libraries reopen. No fines will be incurred at this time.
  • ●  Our library book drops will remain open at this time.
  • ●  We are not accepting library donations during the closure.
  • ●  We are not offering Interlibrary Loan service during the closure.
  • ●  Library events and meeting room reservations are canceled through the closure.
  • ●  Visit our website at www.newportlibrary.org for COVID-19 information and resources. * We will also post information on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitteraccounts.
  • ●  We are not offering pick-ups for library holds at this time.

Your health and safety, as well as that of our staff and volunteers, is our top concern. Thank you for your patience as we modify operations during this unprecedented time.

 

Newport Izzy’s wants us all to know…

Izzy’s Restaurant open for take-out….on the hill that leads to Yaquina Lighthouse….

Due to the statewide closure Newport Izzy’s will offer take-out and delivery. The video lottery room will be temporarily closed. Thank you for your support!

Click here for info

How to hold off an eviction on the Central Coast

Many people who are suddenly out of work or are having their hours cut are concerned about not being able to pay the rent and being evicted from their homes.  For those people, there is some good news.

First, some important background information.  In an eviction proceeding, known as an “FED” case, the first time the landlord and tenant show up to court is called a “First Appearance.”  Due to the pandemic, there are no FED First Appearances scheduled in Lincoln County until June 2.

Second, no one can be evicted from their home unless there has first been a court order. If FED trials are not taking place until June, there will be no court ordered evictions before then (except possibly in some very unusual circumstances).

Third, no eviction can take place unless a court order has been given to a Sheriff who is charged with enforcing the order. On March 22, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order placing a Moratorium on most evictions, for 90 days from the date of her Order, by prohibiting law enforcement officers from enforcing “no cause” evictions or evictions due to non-payment of rent.  The Governor’s Order does not prohibit the Sheriff from enforcing other types of evictions, such as those based on a tenant’s actions which place others in danger.

This situation will continue to change.  In addition to the actions taken by the Lincoln County Circuit Court and Governor Brown, the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, Martha Walters, has ordered that all eviction cases in Oregon trial courts be postponed.  Her first Order, which is expected to be extended through the end of April, postponed all eviction cases (with limited exceptions) through March 27.  Finally, it is expected that the Legislature will soon be called into a special session to address the looming eviction crisis.

In these challenging times, please know that Legal Aid remains open to the public for telephone and email consultations.  People can reach us directly at 541-265-5305 from 10am-2pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  At other times on those days and on other weekdays we will respond to calls, voice messages and emails as soon as we can.

Blair Bobier, Attorney at Law
Regional Director, Legal Aid
Lincoln County Office/Newport, 541-265

 

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