In response to recently produced maps by the Pacific Regional Ocean Uses Atlas (PROUA), Commissioner Terry Thompson has sent a letter (attached) to Governor Kitzhaber and Members of the Legislative Coastal Caucus addressing the maps’ lack of accuracy about ocean use occurring on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The maps were developed to identify historical uses such as fishing in the OCS as an important element in ongoing planning efforts to minimize conflicts between those historical uses and new and emerging uses including renewable energy.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), a division of the United States Department of the Interior (USDOI), describes the PROUA Project as an interagency collaboration between NOAA and itself. PROUA is “designed to document where coastal communities use the ocean across a full range of typical human activities and sectors. Using participatory mapping techniques, the project offers a proven, flexible, and scalable approach that empowers coastal communities to paint an accurate picture of human use on a scale appropriate for local, state, or regional, level ocean planning.” Continue reading
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners declared today (2/7) as Go Red For Women Day in Lincoln County. This is the American Heart Association’s national call to increase awareness about heart disease and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health. It is an effort to call attention to the magnitude of cardiovascular disease in women and learn ways to prevent and fight this lethal disease. According to Jill Wagner office manager for the District Attorney’s office a big problem is women not recognizing the signs and ignoring the symptoms, that is why this type of awareness is very important.
She said this issue became personal to Lincoln County 4-years ago with the loss of colleague Melinda Dickinson to a heart attack after battling cancer. She said this year they have lost two more colleagues in Christine Spurgeon who died from a heart attack and Kathy Patten who recently died of a stroke. Commissioner Hunt stated that anything that can be done to promote healthy people is good. Wagner belongs to the counties wellness committee who works to promote healthy diet and exercise to promote wellness among county employees. For more information on heart health go online to the American Heart Association website.
On 01-30-2014, at about 12:06 pm, LCPD responded to the Tanger Outlet Mall on a suspicious person call. The Manager of Zumiez called LCPD and reported that a male and female had just been in the store and had attempted to make a purchase with a Visa Gift Card that was declined when swiped through the store’s credit card machine. The manager reported that the male had tried to get him to enter the Visa number manually into their credit card machine. The manager refused and phoned the police as something just didn’t seem right.
LCPD Officers quickly located the male, 27 year old Donovan Stieff from North Dakota and began an investigation that led to Stieff being taken into custody on attempted theft charges. As police officers were investigating the call, they were contacted by other merchants of Outlet mall who reported that the couple had made charges and attempted to make charges using VISA Gift Cards. Upon further investigation, police located the female, 28 year old Samantha Rautanen of Arizona and the couple’s vehicle which was parked at the Outlet Mall. A search of the car and suspects uncovered numerous forged VISA Gift Cards. Numerous stolen credit card numbers and new merchandise that was purchased with forged cards in Lincoln City and Newport was also recovered. Continue reading
The “One Ring” phone scam is now being reported across the United States. The BBB is alerting the public to this simple—yet extremely effective—ploy that can result in unauthorized charges on wireless statements. Automated dialers blast thousands of random calls to mobile numbers that are gleaned from public listings or obtained from black market dealers but disconnect after one ring.
The scammers count on call recipients to notice the missed calls in call logs and return them out of curiosity. However, return calls are often directed to expensive international hotlines—sometimes peddling “adult entertainment”—that can charge upwards of $19.95 to connect plus additional costs per minute. Charges typically appear on month-end statements as “premium services.” Continue reading
The US Navy is holding public meetings coming up along the central coast in March regarding the Northwest Training and Testing draft environmental impact statement. The Navy evaluated potential environmental impacts from military training and testing activities conducted within the testing study area.
The proposed action is to conduct training and testing activities with the Northwest Training and Testing study area. This testing will include the use of active sonar and explosives along with pierside sonar maintenance and testing.
The purpose of the proposed action is to ensure that the Navy can accomplish its mission to maintain, train and equip combat ready naval forces. According to the Naval release this training better equips the Navy in winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining the freedom of the seas. Continue reading
The effects of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, known as BW-12 are being felt around Lincoln County. Insurance rates are increasing, in some cases dramatically. According to Onno Husing county planning director the ripple affects of the rise in flood insurance will have a big affect on Lincoln County. County Commissioner Doug Hunt said “My concerns are that as they premium increases are becoming mandatory it’s going to have a very adverse affect on the Real Estate market and this can have an affect on revenue and county taxes.” Husing commented that it seems that Oregon is supplementing other areas of the country where they have a higher risk of flooding. In some cases homes that are near the ocean or rivers could see very high flood insurance if they are in what is considered the flood zone. Some could see premiums go up to $20,000. The commissioners agreed that though things do need to change with the national flood insurance program or NFIP, it should not be a one size fits all. The County commissioners have sent a letter to congress expressing their concerns regarding the NFIP. (below) Continue reading