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Bob Welch Talks About His Book, Cascade Summer



Oregon author Bob Welch comes to Newport Thursday, April 24, to talk about Newport Reads! selection, Cascade Summer: My Adventure on Oregon’s Pacific Crest Trail. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. followed by book signing in the auditorium of the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
Welch is the award-winning writer of nearly 2000 columns for the Eugene Register-Guard and 15 books. Books are available at the library, local book stores are selling them, and copies will be for sale after the talk.

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Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

PAADA Rx Take Back 2014 web banner

April 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. PAADA (Partnership Against Alcohol  and Drug Abuse), Local Law Enforcement and the DEA give the public an opportunity to safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescriptions drugs.

 PAADA, Local Law Enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for safe disposal to Rx Drop Boxes located at
Police Departments in
Newport, Toledo and Lincoln City; and in Waldport from 10-2 at the Sheriff’s Office Sub-Station (located behind Waldport City Hall).

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Continue reading

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New Tropical Fish At Oregon Coast Community College.

Something fishy has recently arrived at the Oregon Coast Community College. A new group of live tropical marine fish was added to the Aquarium Science facility as part of a laboratory activity in the Aquarium Science Program’s Fish and Invertebrate Health Management class. As a result of a generous donation from Quality Marine, a tropical fish wholesale company based in Los Angeles, the new fish as part of a quarantine project in the class.


clip_image00222Aquarium Science student Drew Shelquist, from Minnesota, carefully inspects the condition of the new fish that arrived at OCCC from Quality Marine (Los Angeles, CA). In preparation for shipping, two bags are placed inside each other (double-bagged), then water is added up to 1/3 of the bag. Fish are then added and the remaining space is filled with pure oxygen before the bag is sealed. All fish arrived alive and well.

The quarantine laboratory exercise included instruction about how to properly receive, acclimate and introduce specimens into a newly constructed fish quarantine system in the facility. The quarantine system was installed earlier in the year by students enrolled in the Life Support Systems Design and Operation class. The aquarium system was specifically developed to support hands-on activities and projects in the program’s curriculum. “A major goal of the Aquarium Science Program is to provide numerous hands-on practical experiences, for the students, as they relate to the program’s courses. Operating fully functional aquarium systems with live animals, which the students built, are essential in preparing the students to enter the aquarium science industry workforce after graduating from the program”, said Chris Spaulding, the Aquarium Science Program Director.

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Lubchenco Back At OSU

lubchencoFormer National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Jane Lubchenco is back on the faculty of Oregon State University where she has a new role – adviser to the university on marine studies issues. OSU has named Lubchenco Distinguished University Professor and Adviser in Marine Studies – a position that will help coordinate and expand Oregon State’s international prominence in marine-related studies, which are spread across several disciplines and account for nearly $100 million annually in research funding.

“After four years at the helm of the nation’s premier agency for the ocean and atmosphere, I’m delighted to be back at OSU, and even more pleased to see the new energy focused on marine science, education, policy and outreach,” Lubchenco said. “From my time at NOAA, I know both the high caliber of marine sciences at OSU and the strong potential for a more robust, visible and effective marine studies program that can provide much-needed global leadership by our faculty and students.

“I’m energized by OSU’s commitment to elevate ocean stewardship and to expand the range and quality of opportunities available to students,” she added. Oregon State’s growth in the marine sciences in recent years has been significant and Lubchenco has played a key role with her seminal research in marine ecology. OSU boasts one of the strongest marine ecology and biology programs in the nation in the College of Science; a formidable oceanography program in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; and one of the most highly regarded marine research and education facilities in the country in the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Continue reading

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Community Corrections Public Notice

Lincoln County Community Corrections

218 W. Olive St. Newport, OR 97365
Ph:(541) 265-8851 Fax:(541)265-6041

Community Alert

Community Corrections advises the following:
“Do not attempt to apprehend this person.” Contact law enforcement for follow-up action, if you suspect or have information related to any misconduct or violations of Probation/Parole/Post-Prison Supervision.


Richard Ketola

White Male, 5 foot 9 inches, 185 pounds, Brown eyes, Greyish white hair

RESIDENCE: UPDATED ADDRESS: In the horse barn across from 3547 S Beaver Creek Rd., Seal Rock

CRIMINAL HISTORY: Current supervision for Rape I, previous convictions for Sex Abuse III, Private indecency, failure to register as a sex offender

TARGET VICTIMS: Minor females, minor males, adult female

TYPE OF SUPERVISION: Supervised as a High Risk Offender, on community supervision until 02/27/17. 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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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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City of Newport LogoApplications are now available for City of Newport Tourism Facilities Grants. Funding for these grants comes from the city’s Room Tax Fund, and $100,000 has
been earmarked for this purpose. The City Council and Tourism Facilities Grant Review Task Force have established a grant process for distributing the funds for projects which promote economic development relating to tourism.The deadline for applying for the Tourism Facilities Grant is May 30, 2014
by 5:00 P.M. Applications will be reviewed by the Tourism Facilities Grant Review
Task Force and recommendations will be forwarded to the City Council for final
Grant application materials can be found on the city’s website at; click on departments….

then on administration… then on city recorder.

Information is also available by calling Peggy Hawker at
541.574.0613, or by e-mail at

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HMSC Marine Science Day April 12

HMSC Marine Science DayOregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will host its popular Marine Science Day tomorrow offering the public an opportunity to meet many of the scientists working at the research facility, as well as take tours and explore the exhibits. The center also will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, which is the nation’s first Experiment Station dedicated to marine sciences. The activities are free and open to the public, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hatfield Center.

The event will feature scientists and educators from OSU, federal and state agencies, Oregon Coast Aquarium, and the NOAA Marine Operations Center-Pacific. It is a chance for the public to explore one of the nation’s leading marine science and education centers. Visitors can tour the research facilities of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and see genetics laboratories, animal husbandry areas, and get a close-up view of ongoing research projects. Interactive research exhibits will feature larval fish ecology, bioacoustics of whales, volcanoes and deep ocean vents, and oceanographic tools such as a glider to study low-oxygen on the West Coast. Activities for children include a Bird Beak Buffet from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Mystery Fossil Dig by Oregon Sea Grant.

Other scheduled events include an open house from 10-4; at 11am is a Pumped on Pinnipeds presentation; at 1:30 is the octopus feeding and at 3 a presentation on the Oregon Marine Experiment Station. The Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station is located in both Newport and Astoria. Researchers in Newport focus on fishery policy and management, marketing, fish stock assessment, aquaculture, ecology, genetics and marine mammal conservation. Astoria researchers at the OSU Seafood Laboratory work on seafood science, processing, safety and innovation.

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Nuka Makes His Debut At The Oregon Coast Aquarium

Nuka and Shuster splashNuka the sea otter pup seemed too busy splashing about with his exhibit-mate Schuster to notice his new surroundings as he swam into the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Sea Otter Exhibit Tuesday morning, and that is exactly what the Aquarium’s mammalogists hoped for.

“This introduction was perfect; everything went as expected,” said Ken Lytwyn, Curator of Marine Mammals. “I’m really happy that we have this much energy back in the Exhibit again. Schuster and Nuka are around the same age and when you put two very young, very energetic otters like these guys together they will just play all the time.”

Nuka aquariumIntroducing Nuka to his new raft, or sea otter family, was not a matter of simply moving him to the appropriate place and turning him loose. Successful introductions require careful orchestration by the Aquarium’s mammalogists. The sea otters got to know each other through a gate for about a week before it was opened. Continue reading

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