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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


Eckman lake

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.

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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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Anthony Buccella Plea Negotiations Underway


Plea proposal has been made and it is getting closer to resolution for the 37 year old Yachats man who allegedly stabbed his former girlfriend when he broke into her residence earlier this year. Anthony Buccella faces several felonies in relating to the incident. The charges include attempted murder, 2nd degree assault, burglary in the first degree and unlawful use of a weapon. Anthony also faces criminal mischief, misdemeanor counts of menacing. Buccella is being held at the Lincoln County Jail, and bail is set $500,000. Attorney Kathryn Benfield, states a plea negotiation has been reached and at this point a trial will not proceed. The Plea deal proposes for Anthony Buccella to plead guilty to one count 2nd degree assault

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Oregon’s Timber Report June 2014

Lincoln County Forests

In 2013, Oregon’s timber harvest rose to 4.2 billion board feet, marking four consecutive years of increase from the recession low of 2.72 billion board feet in 2009. “This was the first harvest above four billion board feet in seven years,” said ODF principal economist Brandon Kaetzel, “and represents a 12 percent increase over the 2012 harvest of 3.75 billion board feet.” Approximately 49 percent, or 30.2 million acres, of Oregon is forested. Federal forestlands account for 60 percent of these forestlands, industrial forestlands for 19 percent, family forestland owners own 15 percent, state-owned forests comprise three percent, and all other forestland owners (counties, Tribal, etc.), three percent. Timber harvest increases can be attributed to a strong export market for Oregon logs in 2013, coupled with a domestic market recovery, particularly in housing. Whether this trend will continue for the 2014 harvest is uncertain due to housing forecasts being revised to lower numbers and a sudden cool-down in the export market that occurred during the second quarter of 2014.

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Artists are encouraged to enter ODFW’s 2015 Waterfowl Art Competition, open now through Nov. 7, 2014.


The winning artist will be awarded $3,000 and their artwork will be used to produce the 2015 Oregon Waterfowl Stamp, which is purchased by hunters and collectors each year.

The artwork should feature one or more ducks and/or geese native to Oregon, in their natural habitat setting. Submissions should not have been entered into any other state or federal waterfowl stamp competition.

A full description of the contest and requirements are available online.

Oregon has had a waterfowl stamp every year since 1984. Since waterfowl validations are now printed directly on hunting licenses, ODFW no longer requires that the actual physical stamp be carried in the field while hunting. However, ODFW still makes the stamp available (at no additional charge) to hunters who purchased a validation. Stamp collectors may also purchase the stamp for $11.50.

Waterfowl stamps and validations raise about $500,000 annually with proceeds benefiting waterfowl management and habitat.

For the past 20 years, artist Robert Steiner has been under contract to supply the artwork for Oregon’s annual waterfowl stamp. This year, the competition will be open to everyone.

ODFW also holds annual art contests for the Habitat Conservation stamp and Upland Game Bird stamp.
For more information, contact Kelly Walton at 503-947-6322 or email

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