Category Archives: Oregon

University’s Team To Help Low Income Students

OSU LogoOregon State University and 10 other prominent research universities have formed a nationwide alliance aimed at helping retain and ultimately graduate more first-generation students and students from low-income families. The new consortium, known as the University Innovation Alliance, already has received $5.7 million in funding from charitable foundations, which will be matched by the member institutions. The alliance is designed to develop and share best practices on ways to better engage first-generation and low-income students by creating a national “playbook” of successful initiatives. Access to higher education – and success upon matriculating – has long been a priority for OSU President Edward J. Ray, himself a first-generation college student.

“This alliance is near and dear to my heart because I know first-hand how important it is to provide mentoring and resources for these students,” Ray said. “Oregon State has some innovative and successful programs and we look forward to sharing our ideas and learning from other institutions ways we can do even more.” Students from high-income families are seven times more likely to attain a college degree than those from low-income families. The United States will face a shortage of at least 16 million college graduates by 2025, studies show, and the alliance’s founding members are focused on addressing this gap at a time when public funding for higher education has been decreasing. 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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‘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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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 

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Tip Of The Week: Boat Safety—Crabbing and Anchoring


While the Fall months offer the best crabbing opportunities in our local bays, crabbing is open year round in our bays. The Yaquina and Alsea bays are the most productive in Lincoln County. With the addition of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to Yaquina Bay, it is important to understand where it is safe to place crab traps or anchor boats. NOAA Ships are very large vessels that need to operate in the dredged channels, so other vessels should not interfere with their ingress and egress to the bay. Listed below are suggestions and rules which apply to placement of crab traps and anchoring boats.

• Place crab traps or rings outside the navigational channel.
• Use appropriate rope/line for depth of water. A rope too long for the depth of water may float on top creating a navigational hazard. If your rope is too long for the depth of water a small weight attached between the float and trap will help keep it under the surface.
• Add weight to the trap which will help prevent it from “walking” or moving with the strong tidal flows.Each year, improper anchoring is the cause of injury and death. Swift currents, high flows and cold water make the following anchoring procedures imperative. Please be aware that strong tidal currents change approximately every six (6) hours. Continue reading

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ODFW Director Takes Position With USFWS

Roy Elicker Roy Elicker, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Director, will move from state to Federal leadership this fall to be the Assistant Regional Director for Fishery Resources in the Pacific Region of the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service (Service).  He assumes this new position on October 12. Elicker currently leads one of the largest state fish and wildlife agencies in the United States.  He oversees almost 1,300 employees, including the ODFW Fish Division, which includes substantial Freshwater, Anadromous, and Marine programs responsible for the policy and implementation of sport and commercial fisheries in Oregon.

“This is a critical time for aquatic conservation,” said Robyn Thorson, Regional Director of the Service’s Pacific Region. “”Our selection of Roy Elicker for this Fisheries leadership position reflects our high regard for his personal achievement as well as our strong commitment to partnership with state wildlife agencies.”

Elicker will lead the daily operation of the Federal fisheries program in the Pacific Northwest, the largest Federal program of its type in the nation, with a network of 25 field stations and about 260 employees in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Hawaii. The network plays a vital role in the region’s salmon recovery efforts, and includes 15 national fish hatcheries producing approximately 60 million salmon and steelhead each year, three fish health centers, two fish and wildlife offices, three fisheries resources offices, the Service’s largest fish technology center and a Lower Snake River Compensation Program office. Continue reading

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OSU Research On Alsea Bay Harbor Seals

By Larry Coonrod

Harbor seals at a haul out spot in Alsea Bay. A team of researchers plan to spend two to three days capturing up to 15 seals in the bay and fitting them with telemetry devices. It’s part of a project to see how hypoxia, more commonly known as ocean dead zones, affect harbor seals. (File photo)

Harbor seals at a haul out spot in Alsea Bay. A team of researchers plan to spend two to three days capturing up to 15 seals in the bay and fitting them with telemetry devices. It’s part of a project to see how hypoxia, more commonly known as ocean dead zones, affect harbor seals. (File photo)

WALDPORT—Anglers and other Alsea Bay visitors may notice boats and a large group of people capturing seals this week. Not to be alarmed, it’s all part of an Oregon State University research project and the seals will be returned to the bay unharmed. Researchers from the Oregon State University Marine Mammals Institute and the Moss Landing Marine Lab from San Jose State University plan to capture seals in Alsea Bay Tuesday and Wednesday and possibly Thursday for research on how ocean hypoxia also known as ocean dead zones, affect harbor seals.

OSU scientist Markus Horning says researchers will work around low tide near the beaches where the animals usually hang out. They plan to catch up to 15 seals to collect small tissue samples and to glue telemetry transmitters to the fur on their heads. The transmitters will stay in place for 6 to 9 months, until the seals molt or the glue degrades. Harbors seals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the research team has a federal permit from the National Marine Fisheries Service to capture the animals. Captures will happen in the water using seine nets deployed from two boats, or on the shore using hoop nets where the seals usually haul out and will involve a team of 12 to 16 people. Horning says experienced veterinarian staff will be on hand to ensure the wellbeing and safety of the seals. Continue reading

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