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Anglers Asked To Design 2015 Halibut Regulations and Seasons

HalibutAnglers and other members of the public will be asked to help shape the 2015 sport Pacific halibut seasons and regulations through a series of public meetings to be held in August.  The meetings will be hosted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. All meetings will start at 7 p.m. and will be held in:

Brookings on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Best Western Plus Beachfront Inn, 16008 Boat Basin Road

North Bend on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the North Bend public library, 1800 Sherman Ave

Newport on Monday, Aug.11 at ODFW Marine Resources -South Beach office, 2040 SE Marine Science Drive

In addition, participants can join the Newport meeting on-line at  Meeting ID: 433-276-823.

“The August public meetings are open comment, meaning that anglers can propose changes to any of the regulations and seasons”, said Patrick Mirick, ODFW assistant project leader for halibut.   ODFW evaluates the proposals made in August to determine if they are both feasible and beneficial.   For proposals found to be both, ODFW then gauges public support for the proposals in September via a second round of public meetings and an online survey.   “Many, if not most, of the current halibut regulations are based on innovative ideas by anglers.  The halibut fisheries are always changing, and we need to change the regulations and seasons to adapt.”, Mirick further added.

Those who cannot attend a meeting can send their comments to Patrick Mirick at (541) 867-0300 or; or Lynn Mattes at 541-867-0300 or

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Earlier this year, the Oregon Legislature forwarded SB 1577 to the Governor for his signature and, with that signature; the Oregon Silver Alert Program was created. This program is intended to serve our missing vulnerable adult population including those suffering from an impaired mental condition, such as dementia; an intellectual or developmental disability; or a brain injury. The law directs the Oregon State Police, municipal police departments, and sheriff’s offices to develop plans to publicly report missing persons as described in the law. The first Silver Alert program was created in Oklahoma in 2006 and many states have adopted Silver Alert programs since that time.

The Silver Alert program is unlike the AMBER Alert program in that the law does not require radio stations to broadcast Silver Alerts. In addition, Silver Alerts will frequently be more localized and not require broadcasting over larger geographic areas. When it is necessary to broadcast over a larger area however, that can be accomplished as well. Your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will utilize our Citizen Alert program and local radio stations to make these important notifications. Your Sheriff’s Office has utilized these procedures in the past for this and other emergency events over the years.

To participate in Citizen Alert, a person need only access our website at and click on the tab “Citizen Alert Notification Sign Up”. You can choose to be notified of emergencies issued by the county’s Emergency Management on your cellular device, land line, computer and other communication devices that qualify. An optional feature offered is notification of flood watches and warnings in Lincoln County.


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Randy Getman

The Lincoln County Board of United Way elected Randy Getman as its president for 2014-2015 and has added three new members: Julie Buck, Interim Director of the Lincoln Commission on Children and Families; Gail Kimberling, Director of the Lincoln City Community Center; and Frank Perea, Publisher of the News Guard.

Getman, District Manager at Barrett Business Services (BBSI) in Newport, succeeds Michael A. Smith, Manager of the Newport branch of US Bank. Smith will begin service on the United Way Finance Committee, a joint committee among Lincoln County and Benton County board members.

“I’m very impressed with the level of dedication I see on our board, as well as the dynamic team we have on staff,” Getman said. “We will be working very hard to achieve measurable results through our programs and partnerships in Lincoln County, and I am proud to help lead that. “ Jennifer Moore, United Way Executive Director, added “United Way in Lincoln County has made significant strides under Michael Smith’s leadership. I look forward to continuing that momentum during Randy Getman’s tenure.”

United Way Board member Barbara Dougherty will chair the United Way’s newly formed Community Impact Committee. The committee will guide United Way and other local organizations in moving beyond “business as usual” to invest in the community in new ways. “Lincoln County residents are pretty good at addressing the challenges faced by our neighbors in need,” Dougherty said. “We have some terrific agencies providing timely and needed services, but they tell us that more is needed. I strongly believe that to change conditions in our community and provide a better life for all, we must identify and focus on the root causes of our challenges,” Dougherty said.

The Committee will do that by using existing data and collecting additional information as needed to determine priorities for United Way in its three primary impact areas of Education, Income, and Health, Dougherty said.

Jennifer Moore added she is “excited to launch the Community Impact Committee, and expand the capacity of United Way to help people, and to solve complex issues.”

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About United Way

United Way of Benton & Lincoln Counties partners with health and human service agencies that comprise an effective network of service programs meeting many everyday needs: from caring for vulnerable populations to disaster relief. These agencies improve the lives of children, assist those with disabilities, provide health and wellness care, offer assistance to seniors and help those in need of emergency/crisis care. Community members receive these services regardless of income level or social class. Giving to United Way is the most effective way to make a difference—to create positive, measurable change. Your contribution, magnified by the gifts of so many other, helps more than one person, one charity or one issue. United Way is a community builder, connecting people through philanthropy and volunteerism to the larger community. The connections we make produce powerful results effecting real, lasting community change.

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Salmon Season Is An Economic Boost For The Coast

By Larry Coonrod

Lincoln County Dispatch


Justin Schmal of Granite, Washington with a coho salmon caught July 17 with Dockside Charters in Depoe Bay. Good weather and one of the largest coho sport fishing quotas in a decade has anglers streaming to the central Oregon coast, giving an economic boost to the charter boat operators and local businesses. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

Justin Schmal of Granite, Washington with a coho salmon caught July 17 with Dockside Charters in Depoe Bay. Good weather and one of the largest coho sport fishing quotas in a decade has anglers streaming to the central Oregon coast, giving an economic boost to the charter boat operators and local businesses. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

LINCOLN COUNTY-One of the best coho seasons in decades has charter boat operators and many local business owners smiling. The season for hatchery raised coho opened June 21 with a quota of 80,000 fin clipped salmon. A marked increase from the 10,500-hatchery quota in 2013. When the weather cooperates and provides calm seas, two fish limits have been the norm. “When you start getting limits for 14 customers plus crew, that’s pretty amazing,” says Barbara Powell with Captain’s Reel Deep Sea Fishing on the Newport Bayfront.

Salmon Synonymous with Coast

Hatcheries clip the small adipose fin in front of a salmon smolt’s tail to distinguish it from its wild brethren, which anglers must release unharmed until the non-selective coho season opens Aug. 30. “We’re throwing back 28-30 fish on top of what we are keeping,” Powell said of recent charter trips. Dockside Charters in Depoe Bay skipper Loren Goddard laughingly calls wild coho OFTM fish-as in one fin too many. Bottom fishing for rockfish and lingcod has been the bread and butter fishery for charter companies during the bad salmon years, but this year many customers are opting for salmon instead.“Salmon are synonymous with the coast and ocean fishing,” Goddard says.

Sport Fishing Economic Boost for Other Businesses

Sport fishing’s economic impact spreads beyond the charter fleet. Charter operators say many of their clients stay over at least one night. The Newport Chamber of Commerce estimates each person who stays overnight in Newport spends $137 per day. Newport day-trippers spend about $85 per person.  Dylan McEntee of Mo’s Restaurants says how the charter companies are doing is an economic precursor for other Bayfront businesses.

“If they are loaded up for the week or weekend, I know it’s going to be busy, and I have to decide how to schedule my restaurants,” he said. “In years we have peak salmon seasons we see a noticeable difference in customers visiting the coast and coming into restaurants.”


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Mussel Harvesting Re-opened On Entire Coast

musselsThe Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are reopening the entire Oregon Coast to recreational and commercial mussel harvesting. Shellfish samples taken along the coast indicate levels of paralytic shellfish toxins or PSTs have dropped below the alert level. The entire coast, from the mouth of the Columbia River to the California border, was closed to mussel harvesting June 20 following two partial closures that began May 30. With the reopening, the entire Oregon Coast is now open to all recreational and commercial shellfish harvesting with the exception of the Clatsop Beaches, which are closed to all razor clam harvesting until September 30 for conservation purposes. The conservation closure extends from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head.

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Registration for Peace Village Day Camp

Full and partial scholarships are available for the August 4-8 session of Peace Village Newport, a summer day camp for students entering grades 1-8. The Peace curriculum offers students practical skills of conflict resolution, media literacy, and ecology, as well as music, art, and craft activities.

A total of 45 students will be accepted for the week’s 9 AM to 3:30 PM program and they will be divided into three age groups, each with adult and teen leaders.

This five-day Summer Camp for Peacemakers began in Lincoln City in 1996 and now operates programs in many states. The Peace Village program involves teachers and students of many faith backgrounds.

It also offers students a comprehensive view of the messages and practices of peace from a variety of world traditions. Ecumenical by design, there are several churches involved in planning this Peace Village: Atonement Lutheran, St. Luke and St. Stephen Episcopal, Sacred Heart Catholic, First Presbyterian, Toledo Methodist, and Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship.

Cost for the week-long program is $60 and includes program materials, a Peace Village T-shirt, and daily snacks. Limited scholarship assistance is available. To request an application, call Ineka Estabrook at 1-541-829-9049 or email her at

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Safety Tips For Water Sports, Boaters….Wear A Lifejacket.


Most boaters already know they’re required to have a properly fitting, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket on board for every passenger on their boat and that it needs to be “readily accessible.” But what keeps people f rom actually wearing one? It’s surprising when you ask adults why they don’t put one on when they’re boating:

“I won’t fall overboard.”
“I’ve been boating my entire life.”
“I’ve been out on this same lake for decades and nothing’s ever happened.”
“I’m a good swimmer.”
When the temperature outside gets hot, the lure of the water can be hard to resist. But most waterways, especially rivers, are fed by snow melt and remain cold through most of the year -well into summer. Cold water and hot surface temperatures can lead to muscle cramping with just a minutes of exposure. For people floating in single inner tubes, even though they aren’t considered a boat and are exempt from state life jacket requirements, are even more prone to muscle cramping. Many rivers have a strong undercurrent, and if a person falls out of their inner tube, the tube will float downstream faster than they can grab it. Add muscle cramping and cold water, and that could mean trouble. The Oregon State Marine Board and other boating safety advocates recommend that all boaters and passengers not only have a life jacket, but “Wear It!” at all times while boating. Why? Because accidents on the water happen too fast to realistically put one on in an emergency.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in 77 percent of recreational boating fatalities in 2013, and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. That’s why boating safety advocates continue to push for increased and consistent life jacket wear on the water. The good news is that today’s life jackets are much more comfortable, lightweight and stylish than the old, bulky orange horse collar styles from decades ago. Life jackets that use inflatable technologies are lightweight, keep the wearer cool, are extremely comfortable and resemble a pair of suspenders or a belt pack.
Other life jacket styles are available for almost any boating activity:
For fishing: Vest-style life jackets come with features such as pockets and clips that can replace a fishing vest and keep the angler safe.

For personal watercraft and water sports: Inherently buoyant, lighter-weight life jackets are rugged, with multiple buckles and clasps to keep them secure after impact with the water.

For paddling: Special life jackets are designed with large openings for arms to allow ease of movement. For Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), many paddlers are opting for the inflatable belt-pack style. This type of life jacket is worn in the front, not the back, because once the pack is deployed, the life jacket will inflate forward, and allow the person to easily slip it over their head.

For children: There are specifically-designed, inherently buoyant life jackets that come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and types. Many styles include straps attached to a head cushion that make pulling a child from the water much easier and ensures a child’s head can remain face-up when they’re in the water.

For pets: Life jackets are even available for our four-legged friends. It’s helpful to purchase one with a handle on top to easily pull your pet out of the water, if needed.

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EPA Awarding $2.1 Million to Revitalize Urban Waters


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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $2.1 million to 37

organizations in 17 states and Puerto Rico to help protect and restore urban waters, improve water quality, and support community revitalization and other local priorities. The funding is through EPA’s Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Urban waters include canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays and oceans in urbanized areas.

“People, buildings, and businesses are all concentrated in urban areas, making it even more important to protect waterways from pollution.” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “These communities will receive grants, allowing them to help turn these waterways into centerpieces of urban renewal, spurring economic development and job creation.”

EPA is awarding grants ranging from $40,000 to $60,000 for projects taking place in areas that align with the 18 designated Urban Waters Federal Partnership locations. The Urban Waters Federal Partnership is made up of 13 federal agencies working to reconnect urban communities with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating with community-led revitalization efforts. All funded projects work to advance environmental justice in their communities and focus on one of the following three categories: community greening and green infrastructure, communities and water quality data, and integration of water quality and community development in planning.

Many urban waterways have been polluted for years by sewage, runoff from city streets, and contamination from abandoned industrial facilities. Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance economic, educational, recreational and social opportunities in nearby communities. By reconnecting communities to their local urban waters, EPA will help communities to actively participate in restoring urban waters while improving their neighborhoods.

Information on EPA’s Urban Waters program:

Information on the Urban Waters Federal Partnership:


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Vandalism on University Of Oregon Campus


University of Oregon campus police are conducting an investigation along with the Eugene Police Department into new crimes involving spray paint, swastikas on campus property and mailboxes within a close proximity of a Jewish Fraternity at the University of Oregon. A four foot swastika had been painted on a carpet in an office at the University Friday Morning. Black paint was also used to spray all over a flat screen computer monitor and a computer in an office. The vandalism was done in the Erb Memorial Union Building in the basement which is home to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Queer Alliance. Julie Brown spokeswoman for the university said the swastika was discovered about 1am by a custodian who found the door unlocked. “There was no sign of break-in or forced entry, she said. The student government will replace the alliance’s computer and monitor and the student union will replace the carpet. Campus police took away the evidence, leaving a giant hole in the gray-brown carpet where the swastika was painted.


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OR 34 Safety Corridor to be decommissioned

Crash rates drop to well below statewide average
The Oregon Department of Transportation is decommissioning the nearly 10-mile, OR 34 Safety Corridor between Corvallis and Tangent, after the corridor experienced a significant reduction in fatal and serious injury crashes. Since 2008, the average crash rate for the corridor has reached 46 percent below the statewide average for similar roads. Safety corridors are decommissioned when the fatal and serious injury crash rate is reduced to the statewide average, or below, for similar roadways.“The decommissioning represents a success that reflects the coordination and hard work by ODOT, Linn County, Oregon State Police and citizens committed to safety,” said Nicole Charlson, Traffic Safety Coordinator for ODOT. The route was designated a safety corridor in 1993. It is one of eight remaining Safety Corridors, and becomes the 12th corridor to be decommissioned since the program began in 1989. As of July 25, 2014 all safety corridor signs, including the double fines signs, will be removed from the highway. Doubling fines based on the safety corridor designation will no longer be in effect. Since the first OR 34 Safety Corridor signs were installed in the winter of 1993, the state has invested more than $4-million in safety improvements in the corridor. corridor.

For more information on transportation safety and the Safety Corridor Program, visit:

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