Broom Bust For OMSI Site

OMSIBeginning in the spring of 2016, the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s (OMSI) residential science camp and living laboratory to be built in Newport, will be overrun with enthusiastic campers. At the moment, however, the site is overrun with invasive Scotch broom instead. Are you interested in touring the site and simultaneously lending OMSI a hand in beating back the broom? Then join OMSI staff for a site tour and work party at the site of the future marine science camp on Saturday, October 11, 2014 between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. OMSI is partnering with coastal representatives of SOLVE to remove the broom to get the site ready for construction.

Scotch broom’s sunny yellow flowers are lovely to look at, but this invasive plant does far more harm than good in Pacific Northwest ecosystems. It was introduced along most of the Oregon coast in the 1930s to control erosion and stabilize shifting sands. But once it became established, it outcompeted native plants, even modifying the soil chemistry where it grows such that native plants can’t grow there. Scotch broom monocultures provide poor habitat for native bird and wildlife species, and cause allergies in some people. Continue reading

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Siletz Students Get Forest Service Mentorship

siuslaw-national-forest-logoHigh school students from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz recently worked alongside Siuslaw National Forest staff on projects throughout the central coast. The Tribal Youth Employment Experience (TYEE) program expanded its existing summer job skills offerings into the area of natural resources for the first time this summer. Students spent time working with agencies including the BLM, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Siuslaw National Forest, and tribal natural resource experts.

“It was important to expand this program into natural resource fields,” stated Ian Keene, Youth Initiative Coordinator for the Siletz Tribe. “Students spent the summer doing meaningful work, and were exposed to so many possible career paths. They really loved being involved in so many fascinating things happening right here on the Oregon Coast.”

Students started their week-long journey at Cape Perpetua, where Sitka spruce rainforests meet the Pacific Ocean, and where the Forest Service meets visitors from around the world. Students worked with field ranger interns and volunteers who connect the public to these Forest resources.

Students went on to work with fisheries biologist, Paul Burns on a watershed impacted from agriculture and logging. The goal is to restore Coho salmon populations and the host of ecosystem services that a healthy watershed provides. They battled the threats of invasive species at the Sand Lake Research area with forest botanist Marty Stein, pulling scotch broom to allow native plants to thrive, and in turn, sustain a unique ecosystem. Continue reading

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Wild Coho Season Open In The Coastal Rivers

Coho SalmonWild coho seasons on many coastal rivers and bays open Sept. 15 and, judging from the number of ocean coho being caught off the Oregon coast, fishery managers are anticipating a great season. “The forecasts for both coastal fall Chinook and coho were strong for 2014 and ocean fisheries so far have lived up to expectations,” said Chris Kern, ODFW manager for Columbia and Marine Programs. “Fishing for coho and Chinook in coastal rivers should be outstanding.”

Managers are predicting 175,000 wild coho will enter Oregon coastal basins and have set wild coho seasons in 13 of those basins: Nehalem, Tillamook, Nestucca, Siletz, Yaquina, Alsea, Siuslaw, Umpqua, Coos and Coquille rivers, Tenmile lakes and Beaver and Floras/New creeks. Most seasons begin on Sept. 15 and continue through November, but there are exceptions. Also, some basins are only open certain days of the week, and seasonal wild coho bag limits vary.

River-specific seasons, quotas, bag limits and closed areas are described on the ODFW Web site. This year only three basins – Umpqua, Beaver Creek and Floras/New River – will have quotas, down from six in 2013. This continues the trend away from expensive and labor intensive creels and quotas to fixed season structures, according to Mike Gray, ODFW fish biologist in Charleston. With the wild coho season scheduled to open next Monday, Chris Knutsen, ODFW biologist in Tillamook, says wild coho already are being caught and released in Tillamook, Nehalem and Nestucca bays.

“All indications are that the run on the North Coast will be stronger than in recent years,” he said.

Wild coho also have moved into southern Oregon basins like the Coos and Umpqua.

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September 15, 2014 · 8:19 am

‘Domestic Violence and Guns’ to be presented by Central Oregon Coast NOW Marian Pesta Bradley

DVholdhand-1Between 2003 and 2010, domestic violence-related murders accounted for nearly half of all homicides among women in Oregon. Guns accounted for sixty-three percent (63%) of those deaths (Oregon Department of Human Services, Homicides Related to Intimate Partner Violence in Oregon: A Seven Year Review, December 2010). These sobering facts and approaches to reducing firearm related fatalities among intimate partners will be the focus of the September 22, 2014 meeting of the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Central Lincoln PUD meeting room, 2129 North Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon. The community is encouraged to attend. There is no charge.

Leading the discussion will be Marian Pesta Bradley, Northwest Regional Director of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and Past President of Montana NOW. Bradley has been working with domestic violence and rape survivors for almost 45 years both through counseling groups, rape crisis hotlines and as a victim advocate. She has taken this knowledge and has incorporated it into working to protect domestic violence victims from gun violence through common sense gun safety. Living in Montana, she believes in our Second Amendment rights, but wants us to carry them out responsibly. Bradley is a citizen lobbyest for Everytown for Gun Safety and the Lead Person for the Billings Chapter of Moms Demand Action. On behalf of these organizations she has lobbied Congress for gun safety laws that would provide for the protection of victims of domestic violence. Continue reading

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Project Homeless Connect is in need of volunteers!

project homeless connect natl

The event is Friday, October 3rd from 9am to 3pm. Volunteers are needed all day, but any amount of time you can donate is greatly appreciated! Please help make this event a success, and help the homeless in Lincoln County.
To fill out an application to volunteer, go to:
http://www.tinyurl.com/volunteerPHC
Applications are also available at the Newport Church of the Nazarene or by calling RSVP at (541) 574-2684, or emailing rsvp@ocwcog.org

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Slide repair project to restrict lanes on US 101 north of Florence

 hiway workFLORENCE—A project to repair landslide damage, slope failures and a retaining wall on US 101, north of Florence is getting underway this week with the replacement of a culvert north of Heceta Head (MP 177), creating daytime lane restrictions.

The U.S.101 Bray’s Point to Sutton Lake Road project will address geotechnical issues at three locations:

  • Erosion and slide damage approximately 7 miles north of Florence (MP 183.05-183.16)
  • Erosion and slide damage approximately 13 miles north of Florence (MP177.54-177.79)
  • A failing retaining wall approximately 20 miles north of Florence (MP 170.23-170.38)

The risk to the highway is high if these repairs are not made because there is no detour route available should the roadway fail.

Work underway this week includes replacing a culvert near the location at MP 177.54. This work will include weekend lane restrictions in order to meet a deadline associated with environmental permitting.

After this weekend, much of the work will be conducted Monday through Friday, during daytime hours. However some additional weekend work may occur.

During lane closures, traffic will be reduced to a single lane and controlled by flaggers or a pilot car. Motorists should plan on delays of up to 20 minutes.

The project will be completed by January 31, 2015.

The low-bid contract of $992,000 was awarded to Wildish Standard Paving Company, Incorporated.

Know Before you Go

To learn more about this project, visit the project website .

For the latest road conditions, visit www.tripcheck.com 

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