Water Quality Issue In Fish Die Off On Devils Lake

Devils LakeThere were many who turned out to the Devil’s Lake Water Improvement District’s meeting to voice their concerns about the lake and water quality. The District has initiated the beginning of its water quality monitoring since things have gotten worse on the lake. 

Typically blooms that have occurred outside of the District’s summer recreational water quality monitoring period from Memorial Day to Labor Day have been either isolated or short lived, but this has not been the case. 

According to District Manager Paul Robertson the white, blue-gray, green, blue-green, oily, latex paint looking scums seen around the lake last week has dissipated.  However Robertson said there exists a strong potential for scums to form again should the winds die down or if the blue-green algae are blown along the shorelines. Continue reading

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Job Vacancies Increased By 10,000

 Worksource Oregon Oregon businesses reported 10,000 more job vacancies early in 2014 than they did the prior year. Businesses had approximately 32,700 job vacancies in the winter months of 2014, according to a Job Vacancy Survey recently completed by the Oregon Employment Department.

Not only did employers report having more openings, they also reported more difficulty finding the workers they need, and they are offering higher average wages, possibly to attract more applicants.

All of this means additional (and perhaps better-paid) opportunities for job seekers in Oregon .
The increase of 10,000 job vacancies occurred among businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Businesses with 100 or more employees had essentially the same level of vacancies this year as in winter 2013. Continue reading

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Afterschool Art Program

Ms ChristmasChildren enrolled in the 21st Century After School program at Sam Case Primary School in Newport had the opportunity to explore the art and music of our southern states, under the guidance of a guest artist the week of March 31-April 4. Teresa Christmas, who owns Art Matters Community Art Studio in Bowling Green, Ky., and is an artist-in-residence with Warren County (Ky.) School District, provided a special weeklong program focusing on “Art of the South.”

As the children learned about artists who were either living in the South or influenced by the migrations of Southern artists to the North, they were shown several different art forms such as clay, collage, and print making, as well as painting. The children explored each medium and created their own works. Additionally, Christmas linked the artist each day with music of the period, so the children were working on their creations while listening to great blues and jazz musicians. Continue reading

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April 14, 2014 · 10:36 am

Attorney General Warns of Telephone Scam

STATE SEALOregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is warning consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting Oregon taxpayers during this tax season.


Victims are told they owe money to the IRS or Oregon Department of Revenue and they must pay immediately through a temporary debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to pay, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes aggressive and insulting.

“Oregonians need to be vigilant as the April 15th tax deadline approaches. The IRS and the Oregon Department of Revenue will never ask you to pay with a pre-paid debit card or make a wire transfer,” says Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. Continue reading

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Sheriff’s Office Tip of the Week: Bike Safety

There remains a misconception to many bicyclists that they don’t have to obey stop signs and other traffic control devices. Oregon law is very clear that every person riding a bike on a public roadway is subject to the same rules as the driver of a motor vehicle. It’s also clearly stated that a bicycle is a vehicle for the purposes of the vehicle codes.

Does this mean a bicyclist can be cited for disobeying a stop sign? Absolutely. Can a person operating a bike while under the influence of intoxicants be arrested for DUII? Yes again. While there’s no need to read through the entire vehicle code, picking up and reading a driver’s manual from your local DMV office every other year is a good idea.

People should use good common sense and ride their bike in a safe and prudent manner. Parents should teach the rules of the road to their children at an early age. Here are some of the more common violations observed by police officers.

Operating a bike without proper lighting when required. Just like with motor vehicles, lights are required forward and aft on a bike operating between sunset and sunrise.

Unlawful passengers on a bicycle. Unless the bike is equipped for passengers, it’s unlawful to carry a passenger. Riding on the handle bars is prohibited. Continue reading

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Sheriff’s Office Community Meeting

LCSFThe Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Community Meeting on Thursday, April 17, 2014. This is the 17th community meeting hosted by Sheriff Dennis Dotson and his leadership team since 2006. This community meeting will be held at the Yachats Commons from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sheriff Dotson notes, “That while the meeting is being held in Yachats, citizens from around the county are welcome to attend.”

Citizens will meet and hear from the Sheriff and all of his Commanders. Topics to be discussed include:
• Radio communications and 911 services
• Deputy Sheriff duties and staffing
• Animal Shelter activities and services
• Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL)
• Fingerprinting, Sheriff’s Sales (foreclosures)
• Jail operations and Inmate management

Questions that will be asked of attendees include:
• How do you obtain information about the Sheriff’s Office?
• How satisfied are you with the Sheriff’s Office?
• Do you think the Sheriff’s Office has enough presence in your area?
• What do you believe the Sheriff’s Office should be doing?
• What services should be provided?
• How can we keep you informed of what the Sheriff’s Office is doing?

“We need our citizen’s input and assistance if we are to provide effective services”, stated Sheriff Dotson.

Light refreshments will be served.

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