Category Archives: Oregon

Safety Tips For Hunters and Non-Hunters

deer huntingHunters:

• Check weather reports before visiting the forest. Dress properly.
• Tell someone where you will be hunting and when you will return. Leave a written plan at home and in your vehicle.
• Be familiar with the area you want to hunt.
• Avoid wearing white or tan during hunting seasons. Wearing hunter orange, viewable from all directions is recommended.
• If accompanied by a dog, the dog should also wear hunter orange or a very visible color on a vest, leash, coat or bandana.
• Check hunting equipment before and after each outing, and maintain it properly. Familiarize yourself with its operation before using it in the field.
• Carry a spare set of dry clothing. Use layering techniques to prevent moisture while retaining body warmth. Always bring rain gear.
• Carry a first aid kit and know how to use its contents.
• Clearly identify your target before shooting. Prevent unfortunate accidents or fatalities.
• Be alert when hunting near developed areas and trails. Other recreationists are in the forest as well. Continue reading

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Siuslaw National Forest Fire Precation Level – Moderate

siuslaw-national-forest-logoThe Siuslaw National Forest entered an Industrial Fire Precaution Level IFPL I and Moderate Fire Danger Level as of 8:30 a.m. this morning and also lifted public use restrictions on campfires.

“Even though the rain and cooler temperatures have started with the fall season, we encourage people to still be careful with campfires,” stated Chris Waverek, Assistant Fire Management Officer for the Siuslaw National Forest.

Fire requirements remain in effect for operators of the following; and are required to stay in the area for one hour after equipment is shut down at the end of each day.

  • power saws except at loading sites
  • cable yarding
  • blasting
  • welding or cutting of metal

As of September 24 at 5 p.m., the Forest has lifted the public fire restrictions and asks that visitors continue to use caution while enjoying their natural spaces. Please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  1. Keep camp fires small, in an area that has been cleared down to mineral soil
  2. Only burn materials that fit within your campfire ring
  3. Extinguish all campfires before leaving—even if you will only be away for a short time
  4. Smoke in your vehicle or a cleared area that is at least four square feet wide.

Please remain careful when visiting or traveling throughout the Forest. Report all fires to Coastal Valley Interagency Dispatch Center at 541.750.7024 or call 911.


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Bridge work to restrict lanes on three US 101 bridges

depoe bay bridge

On Monday, September 29, 2014 a contractor for ODOT will grind and pave the Sijota Creek Bridge near Salishan (MP 121.6). Beginning at 7 p.m. and continuing until approximately 5:30 a.m., traffic across the bridge will be flagged in alternating directions. Motorists should plan on up to 20 minute delays.

 On Tuesday, September 30, the contractor will pave the approaches to the Depoe Bay Bridge (MP 127.6). The work hours will be 7 p.m. to approximately 5:30 a.m. Traffic will be flagged with delays of up to 20 minutes.

On Wednesday, October 1, the contractor will seal deck joints on the Siuslaw River Bridge in Florence (MP 191). Work will begin at 7 p.m. and is expected to be complete by approximately 2 a.m. During that time, traffic will be flagged with delays of up to 20 minutes.

 This work is weather dependent. Should inclement weather occur, the work will be rescheduled to the next available time.

  Know Before you Go


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Oregon Police Canine Conference Held In Newport

Eyan police dogIt isn’t often that a dog gets to play host at a conference, but that is just what Newport K-9 Eyan and his handler officer Garrett are doing. The Oregon Police Canine Association Conference is being held in Newport. Many citizens have reported seeing the increase in police cars from other areas in and around Newport this week. They are conducting trainings with the officers and the dogs at various locations. According to Newport Police Lt. Jason Malloy this is when the teams receive or update their certifications.

Lt. Malloy with Newport Police said “Officer Garrett and Eyan are going through the certification training classes. They have both classroom and field training. ” He added that this is kind of a neat event for the department to host. There are over 100 K-9 teams in Newport for the conference.

He said the live training is really important for both the handlers and the dogs. Lt. Malloy added ” Officer Garrett and Eyan are a great team and have been responsible for seizing a lot of illegal drugs and have been instrumental with multiple drug convictions.” He said the K-9 team is also a great ambassador for the police department as they do a lot of PR work and work in the schools. Eyan and Officer Garrett work not only with Newport Police but also help if called by the Sheriff’s Office, State Police or the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team for drug searches. Lt. Malloy said he is a valuable part of the police department.

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Discarded Pet Pills And Products Threaten Watersheds

OSU Extension logoScientists have long been aware of the potential environment impacts that stem from the use and disposal of the array of products people use to keep themselves healthy, clean and smelling nice.  Now a new concern is emerging – improper disposal of pet care products and pills.

Dog shampoos, heartworm medicine, flea and tick sprays, and a plethora of prescription and over-the-counter medicines increasingly are finding their way into landfills and waterways, where they can threaten the health of local watersheds. An estimated 68 percent of American households have at least one pet, illustrating the potential scope of the problem.

How bad is that problem? No one really knows, according to Sam Chan, a watershed health expert with the Oregon Sea Grant program at Oregon State University. But Chan and his colleagues aim to find out. They are launching a national survey (online at:  of both pet owners and veterinary care professionals to determine how aware that educated pet owners are of the issue, what is being communicated, and how they dispose of  “pharmaceutical and personal care products” (PPCPs) for both themselves and their pets. Pet owners are encouraged to participate in the survey. Continue reading

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Volunteers Needed at Cascade Head Preserve Saturday, October 4th


oregon silverspot butterfly

The Oregon Silverspot Butterfly

The Nature Conservancy invites anyone interested in preserving Cascade Head Preserve to participate in a volunteer work party taking place on Saturday, October 4th.  Located near Lincoln City, Cascade Head is a coastal promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean that provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers, the threatened Oregon Silverspot butterfly and the Cascade Head catchfly.  We will be planting violets in the upper meadow at this work party.  The work party includes a four to five-mile roundtrip hike with elevation gain and may require volunteers to hike off trail and stand on uneven ground while working.  Please bring hiking shoes, a daypack, lunch and snacks, a full water bottle, layers of clothing to be prepared for any weather–including raingear and a hat and sunscreen.  Also bring gloves, if you have them–if not, we have gloves for you to borrow.

cascade head

Registration is required.  For more information or to register, please contact (503) 802-8100, or the alternate contact; Debbie Pickering at (541) 994-5564.

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Tip Of The Week: Teen Dating

The  ABCs Of Teen Dating Violence
sheriffs-tip-of-the-week-6-11-122Teen dating violence is what happens in a teen dating relationship when one person uses abuse to gain power and keep control over his or her partner. This abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual. The following information is from the Office of the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL.
Anyone can be a victim of dating violence. Teens who are wealthy or not, religious or not, straight or not. The race or ethnic background of a person makes no difference. Anyone can be a victim. Anyone can be an abuser.

Be safe. Be a survivor, not a victim. Understand the three types of abuse.

Control. Abuse is about control, not love. Learn the difference.

Dating violence is a consistent pattern of verbal (or emotional) abuse, physical abuse, or sexual abuse.

Emotional abuse can be as serious as physical abuse. Does your partner call you names? Humiliate you? Isolate you from your friends? Make all the decisions? Threaten you? Make you afraid?

Family and friends can help you. Don’t keep any abuse secret. The more people who know, the safer you are.

Get help. Call a domestic violence program. You are not alone. Continue reading

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