Low Wage Jobs Send County Residents To Work In Other Counties

 Worksource Oregon Most of Lincoln County’s working residents work in Lincoln County, however according to a study by the Oregon Employment Department in 2011 about 42 percent of Lincoln County’s working residents worked in other counties. Cities that take a share of Lincoln County’s workforce: Salem (834), Corvallis (486), and Albany (296) are large recipients of Lincoln County residents. Lincoln County also has about 350 residents working out of state in Washington. The numbers are counts of county residents’ primary jobs and include those who telecommute or have payroll processed elsewhere, as well as those who drive or fly out to work.

Count Share

Newport 4,276 25.3%

Lincoln 2,846 16.8%

Portland 1,116 6.6%

Salem 834 4.9%

Toledo 745 4.4%

Corvallis 486 2.9%

Lincoln Beach 340 2.0%

Albany 296 1.8%

Waldport 225 1.3%

Depoe Bay 198 1.2%

All Other Locations 5,550 32.8%

Total Primary Jobs 16,912 100.0%

Worksites of Lincoln County

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Newport Slated To Recieve State TGM Grant

By Kiera Morgan

City of Newport LogoThe Transportation and Growth Management or TGM program, a 21-year partnership between ODOT and the Department of Land Conservation and Development, has announced the recipients of more than $2.5 million for transportation and land use planning efforts. The city of Newport will receive funding for work on leveraging Local Improvement Districts or LIDs as a Transportation Funding Tool. Transportation and Growth Management grants support communities in Oregon that are working to create vibrant, livable places where people can walk, bike, take transit or drive where they want to go. The Newport LID Project will develop model policy, code, and informational materials to assist the city and other local jurisdictions in making Local Improvement Districts an effective and publicly acceptable financing tool for needed transportation system improvements.

According to Newport community development director Derrick Tokos this will help the city to develop a toolbox of financing strategies and methods for efficiently structuring an LID program to be developed, and an action plan will be prepared for two case study areas within the City that are well positioned for having LIDs fund needed street system improvements. The total cost should be around $80,000 with $65,000 coming from the State and $15,000 from the City. For this annual funding cycle, the Transportation and Growth Management program received 40 applications requesting over $4.5 million. After reviews, twenty applicants were chosen to receive just over $2.5 million. Planning is critical to the success of a community’s economic and environmental health, yet there are very few sources of transportation and land use planning funds for local governments.


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Blood Needed Prior To Labor Day Holiday

redcrossThe American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many more donors stepped up to give following an urgent call issued in late July. Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed. Blood donations often decline during the summer months, particularly around summer holidays. With school starting back up and summer activities coming to an end, there is still time for eligible donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this summer. There will be blood drives held in Lincoln County on Friday 8/29 from 11-4 at JC Market Thriftway in Newport and on Saturday 8/30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tanger Outlets in Lincoln City. To encourage donations over the Labor Day holiday weekend, all donors who come out to donate blood August 30 through September 1, will receive a Red Cross mason jar tumbler, while supplies last. To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. click on the link below to see blood drives being offered throughout the state.



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Health Advisories Are Not Keeping Surfers Out Of The Water

health warningHealth warnings issued when beaches have high levels of bacteria do not keep many surfers out of the water, according to a new study by Oregon State University. Nearly three in 10 surfers admit they knowingly surf during health advisories – nearly the same amount that chooses not to surf during periods of elevated bacteria. About 40 percent of surfers said they were unaware if they had ever surfed during an active health advisory. The data can help public officials better warn surfers of potential health risks, said Anna Harding, co-author of the study and professor in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

“Beach advisories for bacteria are not having their intended effect of dissuading surfers,” Harding said. “The lack of awareness about advisories – and willingness to take risks surfing in water that may be contaminated – suggests the need to educate surfers about behaviors that make them vulnerable to illness.” More than 500 surfers from the Pacific Northwest provided information for OSU’s study and spanned a wide range of ages, incomes, surfing frequency and other demographics.

Of those surveyed by OSU, nearly 40 percent reported ear infections or discharge at some point during surfing; 30 percent, a sore throat or cough; 16 percent experienced diarrhea; 10 percent, fever; and 7 percent had vomited. Results were consistent across experience levels and were not lessened by showering after surfing. Surfing during and after rain also led to higher rates of waterborne illnesses. Surfers are attracted to large waves that accompany a storm, but rain can send fecal bacteria from stormwater outfalls into the Pacific Ocean, as well as flush harmful microbes from animal feces present in streams and rivers onto beaches. Continue reading

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Women Hit By A Car In A Crosswalk In Lincoln City

Lincoln City police Monday night 8/25just after 5 pm Lincoln City police and emergency crews responded to Hwy 101 and NE 6th street near the Lincoln City cultural center on a report of a pedestrian that had been struck by a car. According to Lincoln City police Sgt Jeff Winn a 61-year old woman from Connecticut was crossing hwy 101 with the crosswalk light when a motorist made a left turn from NE 6th and struck the woman in the crosswalk. The case is still under investigation and no citations have been issued to the driver at this time however charges may be pending at a later date depending on the investigation. The woman was treated at the scene and then Lifeflighted to a Portland area hospital and was listed in critical condition. Sgt Winn pointed out that this is the reason that they work hard to educate the public about the pedestrian right of way laws and perform pedestrian safety operations. He reminds drivers that they really have to pay attention to their surroundings when driving and watch carefully for pedestrians.

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August 27, 2014 · 6:39 am

Buccaneer Challenge Helps Local Youth

By Larry Coonrod


pirates on tires (photo by Larry Coonrod)

pirates on tires (photo by Larry Coonrod)

NEWPORT—More than 130 fleet-and not so fleet-footed would be pirates and one four-legged first mate ran, jumped, crawled, and slithered their way through the second annual Buccaneer Rampage Saturday.

Sponsored by the Newport Parks and Recreation Department, the obstacle course pitted participants against 22 obstacles over a 3.2-mile course at the Newport airport. Newport sports coordinator Michael Cavanaugh said entrants sailed into town from ports of call up and down the West Coast, and beyond.

“We’ve got people from Vancouver all the way down to San Francisco, Nevada, Idaho. I think the furthest person is vacationing from Virginia,” he said. “It was a good turnout. We’re very happy with it.”

dog mud pitMonths in the planning, the race took the coordinated efforts of the parks department, firefighters, public works and a large group of volunteers to plan and build. Continue reading

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