Oregon author Bob Welch comes to Newport Thursday, April 24, to talk about Newport Reads! selection, Cascade Summer: My Adventure on Oregon’s Pacific Crest Trail. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. followed by book signing in the auditorium of the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
Welch is the award-winning writer of nearly 2000 columns for the Eugene Register-Guard and 15 books. Books are available at the library, local book stores are selling them, and copies will be for sale after the talk.

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April 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. PAADA (Partnership Against Alcohol  and Drug Abuse), Local Law Enforcement and the DEA give the public an opportunity to safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescriptions drugs.

 PAADA, Local Law Enforcement and the Drug EnforcementAdministration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for safe disposal to Rx Drop Boxes located at
Police Departments in
Newport, Toledo and Lincoln City; and in Waldport from 10-2 at the Sheriff’s Office Sub-Station (located behind Waldport City Hall).

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds)of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and itsthousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take
Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills. PAADA Drug Take Back media

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. DEA is in the process of
approving new regulations that implement the Safe and
Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.
Elise Jordan
Outreach Specialist PAADA -
The Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse
324 N. Coast Hwy Newport, OR
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Something fishy has recently arrived at the Oregon Coast Community College. A new group of live tropical marine fish was added to the Aquarium Science facility as part of a laboratory activity in the Aquarium Science Program’s Fish and Invertebrate Health Management class. As a result of a generous donation from Quality Marine, a tropical fish wholesale company based in Los Angeles, the new fish as part of a quarantine project in the class.


clip_image00222Aquarium Science student Drew Shelquist, from Minnesota, carefully inspects the condition of the new fish that arrived at OCCC from Quality Marine (Los Angeles, CA). In preparation for shipping, two bags are placed inside each other (double-bagged), then water is added up to 1/3 of the bag. Fish are then added and the remaining space is filled with pure oxygen before the bag is sealed. All fish arrived alive and well.


The quarantine laboratory exercise included instruction about how to properly receive, acclimate and introduce specimens into a newly constructed fish quarantine system in the facility. The quarantine system was installed earlier in the year by students enrolled in the Life Support Systems Design and Operation class. The aquarium system was specifically developed to support hands-on activities and projects in the program’s curriculum. “A major goal of the Aquarium Science Program is to provide numerous hands-on practical experiences, for the students, as they relate to the program’s courses. Operating fully functional aquarium systems with live animals, which the students built, are essential in preparing the students to enter the aquarium science industry workforce after graduating from the program”, said Chris Spaulding, the Aquarium Science Program Director.

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A Guided Plant Walk Scheduled At Cape Perpetua

Yachats, OR – Join Siuslaw National Forest botanist, Marty Stein, on a one and a half hour guided plant walk at Cape Perpetua on Saturday, April 19. The walk will start at 1:30 p.m. and will cover the wonders of skunk cabbage, quirks of pollination and other stories about native plants on the Oregon Coast.


“Marty is passionate about protecting native plants, controlling noxious weeds and the Siuslaw National Forest’s mission to restore natural habitats,” notes Lori Robertson, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center Director. “He wants to promote better understanding of the role of native plants in the environment and is happy to answer visitor questions” she adds.


To secure a place on this hike please call 541-547-3289. The hike will be limited to the first 15 people to sign-up.


If unpredictable weather prohibits an outside excursion, Stein will discuss plants on display inside the Visitor Center.


Stein has been a botanist with the Siuslaw National Forest for nine years. Prior to that, he worked at various National Forests throughout Oregon and Washington. He received his education at the University of Massachusetts.


A $5 day-use pass is required at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Several annual passes are also available to meet a variety of circumstances, if you plan on staying longer or visit often. There is no cost for the walk and discussion.


Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during the springtime. Overnight parking is not allowed at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center or the Devil’s Churn parking lot.

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For more information, please call the Visitor Center at 541-547-3289 or visit us on the web at You can also follow us at and

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.


Katie Sapp

Public Affairs Specialist

541-750-7028 office

541-602-9242 cell

 SiuslawNational Forest

3200 SW Jefferson Way

Corvallis, OR 97331


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April 19, 2014 · 11:33 am

Depoe Bay Councilor Regrets Vote On Marijuana Moratorium

By Larry Coonrod
Lincoln County Dispatch.Com

‘I’m Ashamed of Myself,’ Depoe Bay Councilor Declares After Marijuana Vote photo by Larry Coonrod

‘I’m Ashamed of Myself,’ Depoe Bay Councilor Declares After Marijuana Vote
photo by Larry Coonrod

DEPOE BAY—After some arm-twisting behind closed doors, Councilor Brent Berry on Tuesday flipped his vote that had blocked a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Berry’s reversal came just moments after an impassioned speech on the importance of the dispensaries to cancer patients and those dealing with chronic pain issues.

“If we can do anything to help the citizens of Depoe Bay, we should open up to it,” Berry said. “There is more and more proof that medical marijuana helps people with cancer and people with glaucoma.”

Berry and Councilor Barbara Leff voted against imposing a moratorium banning dispensaries in the city limits until May 1, 2015. The two councilors’ no votes left the city in a tricky parliamentary position.

To adopt the ordinance, the council essentially needed to vote twice on it. With a unanimous first vote, it could take the second vote the same night. The 5-2 split meant the council would have to wait until its May 6 meeting for the second vote.

Under state law, local governments face a May 1, 2014 deadline to declare a moratorium. Continue reading

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New Lincoln City Police Officer Sworn In

By Larry Coonrod
Lincoln County Dispatch.Com

photo by Larry Coonrod

photo by Larry Coonrod

LINCOLN CITY—With her husband, parents, best friend and several police officers in attendance, Jayne Johnson was sworn in as the city’s newest police officer Monday afternoon.

It was a goal several years in the making for Johnson.

“Serve and protect is part of my DNA,” she said moments after taking her oath. “It’s just a natural thing for me. It’s who I am.”

Johnson comes to Lincoln City by way of Clackamas, Ore. Although not a certified police officer, she is no stranger to law enforcement or the criminal justice system. She volunteered her time with the Gladstone Emergency Management Support Team, supervised by Gladstone Police Chief Jim Pryde.

She also volunteers for the Clackamas County Victim’s Assistance Office where she advocated for victims of violent crimes. Continue reading

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