Friday morning (3/7) just after 10am Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Lance Cummings was dispatched to a single car crash on Yaquina Bay Road near Milepost 4.2, east of Newport. Upon arrival, Deputy Cummings discovered a blue Mitsubishi Galant sedan partially submerged in an estuary off the side of the road.
Deputy Cummings also observed a severely damaged utility pole and power lines hanging extremely low over the roadway. He contacted the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, 29 year old Nemoria Villagomez of Toledo at the scene.
She reportedly stated she was traveling westbound on Yaquina Bay Road when she lost control of her car in a curve causing her to strike a utility pole before coming to rest in the estuary off the side of the road. During contact with Villagomez, Deputy Cummings detected signs of impairment. She was offered field sobriety tests and failed. Continue reading
The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the closure of recreational mussel harvesting from Cape Arago in Coos County to the California border. The closure is due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning or PSP toxins and includes mussels on all beaches, rocks, jetties, and bay entrances in this section of the Oregon Coast.
Coastal scallops are not affected by this closure when only the adductor muscle is eaten. The consumption of whole recreationally harvested scallops is not recommended. Crab are not affected by this level of toxin and are safe to eat.
Shellfish contaminated with PSP toxins can cause minor to severe illness or even death. The symptoms usually begin with tingling of the mouth and tongue. Severe poisoning can result in dizziness, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, paralysis of the arms and legs, and paralysis of the muscles used for breathing.
Shellfish toxins are produced by algae and usually originate in the ocean. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins weekly, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.
Lincoln County, through its insurance company, has settled litigation filed in US District Court
in the case of Mathew Zekan v. Lincoln County, et. al. Mr. Zekan was subject to an exclusion
order requested by county employees and issued by the City of Newport Police Department, barring him from certain County departments, after county employees became concerned about Mr. Zekan’s behavior and activities on County property.
Mr. Zekan was arrested when he violated that order. He was booked and released from the Lincoln County Jail pending trial on that arrest. The charges were dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office, after it was learned that caselaw on the procedures to follow in issuing exclusion orders under state law were changed by the Oregon Court of Appeals. That court decision was made after the exclusion order was issued, but before Mr. Zekan was arrested. Mr. Zekan was not provided the necessary due process to challenge the exclusion order under the Court of Appeals’ ruling. Continue reading
Depoe Bay Fire District offers the CERT Basic Training class starting March 13
The Depoe Bay Fire District is pleased to offer its annual CERT Basic Training class beginning Thursday, March 13, at 6pm at the Gleneden Beach Fire Station. CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is about readiness, rescuer safety and people helping themselves, their families, and their neighbors in a variety of potential disaster scenarios. It is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; offer emergency medical care and provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.
CERT is a program of the US Citizen Corps which is coordinated nationally by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Depoe Bay Fire District CERT program is widely recognized in our state as a premiere CERT organization. Those citizens who live or work in the fire district and who complete the class will be equiped with a backpack filled with emergency equipment. More importantly, attendees will leave with the knowledge that they are much better prepared to meet any disaster challenges that arrive on our beautiful Oregon Coast . And, they will meet some of the most amazing people that live in the fire district and get connected and engaged with what is happening in our county in emergency management.
To enroll, just go to http://www.DepoeBayCERT.org or contact us at info@DepoeBayCERT.org.
The Newport “Fairgrounds” Farmers Market is back from vacation! The indoor market resumed at the Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall on March 1st at 10 am. Come down and stock up for a couple of weeks as we will be taking another weekend off on the 8th so the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation can hold their annual event in the Exhibit hall.
The Market schedule will be interupted twice in March due to Exhibit Hall usage by others so…here is when we will be “Open”:
Saturday March 1st, 15th and 22nd from 10am to 2pm
No Market March 8th and 29th.
All your favorite vendors look forward to seeing you so please come to the market when we are open and say “hello”, see some friends, get some good stuff and enjoy all the daffodils at the Fairgrounds!
The indoor market will run thru the first week in May then we will be moving outside for SUMMER!!!
For more information contact the Elise Jordan, Market Manager at Newportfarmersmarketmanager@gmail.com
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Oregon State Police are currently investigating a single vehicle traffic crash on Yaquina Bay Road near Milepost 4.2, east of Newport, Oregon. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2008 Mitsubishi Galant sedan was traveling westbound on Yaquina Bay Road when it left the roadway striking a utility pole before coming to rest in a slough at the location. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle was uninjured and able to exit the vehicle on her own.
**Crews are currently on scene working to replace the utility pole. According to investigators, Yaquina Bay Road. Central Lincoln PUD has reported that it may be until after 6 pm tonight (3/7)