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Razor Clam Harvesting Closed On South Coast

Razor Clams from WDFW

Razor Clams from WDFW

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the closure of recreational razor clam harvesting from the California border to Heceta Head, north of Florence on the central Oregon Coast. The closure is due to elevated levels of amnesic shellfish toxin (ASP) or domoic acid toxins and includes razor clams on all beaches, rocks, jetties, and at the entrance to bays in this section of the Oregon Coast.Coastal scallops are not affected by this closure when only the abductor muscle is eaten.

The consumption of whole recreationally harvested scallops is not recommended. Crab are not affected by this level of toxin and are safe to eat. Shellfish contaminated with ASP toxins can cause minor to severe illness and even death. Severe poisoning can result in dizziness, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea. More severe cases can result in memory loss and death. Shellfish toxins are produced by algae and usually originate in the ocean. Toxins cannot be removed by cooking.ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins weekly, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.
For more information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474, the Food Safety Program at (503) 986-4720 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page at  <>.

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OLCC On Track To Break A Billion

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announces that distilled spirits sales in Oregon are higher than ever, breaking half a billion dollars in the first year of the two-year budget cycle.  Gross sales for distilled spirits for fiscal year 2014 totaled $518.6 million.  This is $21 million (4.2 percent) more than the previous fiscal year.  OLCC is expected to generate over $1 billion in gross distilled spirits sales for the 2013-2015 biennium.

The growth in sales is not necessarily attributed to consumers purchasing more spirits.  Sales and distribution statistics indicate that an improvement in the economy, customers purchasing more expensive products, and Oregon’s population growth are likely the driving factors in the increase. More than 2.9 million cases of distilled spirits were sold at Oregon liquor stores.

In 2014, Oregonians purchased $65 million worth of Oregon distilled spirits products.  That is roughly 12.5 percent of the total spirits sold across the state.  Oregon is home to nearly 50 local distilleries and almost 60 distillery retail outlet locations where distillers can sell bottles of their own spirits to the public. The growth in distillery retail outlet locations has lead to increased sales of Oregon products. Continue reading

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Ten Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Volunteers Honored.



Ten Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area volunteers were recently presented the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award. The award encourages United States citizens, or lawfully admitted permanent residents, to live a life of service. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and the Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, recognized the efforts of Harry Olund (2,258 hours), Richard and Linda Crooks (2,050 hours each), Fae Kelley (1,907 hours), Bill and Betty Jones (1,809 hours each), Rebecca Field (1,617 hours), Tom Quayle (1,509 hours), Doug Purcell (883 hours) and Chris Burns (836 hours).

“Many of these individuals have given their time to Yaquina Head for more than a decade,” said Salem District Manager Kim Titus. “Together they have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of visitors and have assisted the Bureau of Land Management with many visitor service tasks including lighthouse tours, interpretive center operations and tide pool education.”

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A number of additional Yaquina Head volunteers, including full time “apprentices” – volunteers who serve as rangers-in-training, were also recognized. During the past year, 39 volunteers provided 8,308 hours of service, (valued at $184,000). Continue reading

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Family Promise of Lincoln County Has Growing Pains

family promiseFamily Promise of Lincoln County is looking to the community to help with its growing pains. “We have sheltered five families since June, and are preparing to get busier as school begins and the weather gets colder,” explains Hanna Connett, President of Family Promise.

The space in the Taft area that houses both the Day Center and Thrift Store is just not enough room for both. Even though some remodeling has been done to accommodate the Family Promise program, there still is not enough space for the Thrift Store to run efficiently.

“The Thrift Store has been making money and is well received in the community but it is hard on the volunteers to work around the space used by our families and still have room to process and store all the donations of items for the Thrift Store,” states Linda Roy, Interim Director of Family Promise. “The solution would be to move our Day Center to another location.” For an effective Day Center, the non-profit organization need a building with office space, a living area, a bathroom with a shower/tub , a washer and dryer hook-up and a kitchen.

Family Promise is hoping someone knows of a building they can use to facilitate the Day Center component of the program. During the day families work on getting jobs, finding housing and receive training and counselling. With a non-profit using the building, the owner would have a possibility of writing off some of the taxes in exchange for its use. Anyone with a building that might fit these needs, please contact Hanna Connett at 541-996-4878 or

Family Promise of Lincoln County is a non-profit organization that mobilizes communities, local groups, congregations and social service agencies to provide shelter, meals and help toward stable, long-term housing for families with children. The program model is unique, has proven tremendously successful and is part of a nationwide network.

Family Promise of Lincoln County Has Growing Pains

Media Contact: Sue Anderson, 503-502-5437 or 541-996-8482

(Lincoln City, OR   August 21, 2014)

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Newly Released Comic Book Provides Earthquake Education


“Most public education publications are not interesting to kids,” said OEM’s Althea Rizzo, the Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator. “This comic book allows us to reach a new audience not often targeted in preparedness materials.”

“Without Warning” is a story about a girl who lives on the Oregon Coast and is trying to reunite with her family after a major Cascadia Earthquake. It is a 12-page, full-color comic book addressing what can happen in the aftermath of major earthquake and tsunami.

Oregon is located near the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600 hundred mile earthquake fault stretching from offshore Northern California to Southern British Columbia. Experts predict a large 9.0 or higher earthquake could strike Oregon in the near future.

“We know the risk is there, making our job of spreading the message of preparedness that much more important,” Rizzo added. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to partner with Dark Horse.”

Dark Horse Comics is an Oregon based company widely considered one of the top comic publishers with more than 20 feature films spawning from various series the company has produced.

“Without Warning” is available for free download on mobile devices here: Printed copies are available through the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. For more information contact Althea Rizzo at OEM at 503-378-2911 ext. 22237.

Contact Info:
Kim Lippert of Cory Grogan 503-378-2911 ext. 22283
Oregon Office of Emergency Management
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Tip Of The Week: Bus Safety

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Your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind drivers of their responsibility to stop for school buses displaying red flashing lights. Because buses are large vehicles, the level of difficulty to see around increases. The outcome of illegally passing a stopped school bus is potentially devastating for children and drivers.

Law enforcement agencies continue to receive reports of motorists failing to stop for school buses from bus drivers and other citizens each year. With nearly 6,000 school buses operating in the State of Oregon, motorists need to be alert.

Oregon law requires motorists to stop whenever the red lights on a school bus are flashing regardless of the direction you are traveling. The law applies to any roadway with two or more lanes of traffic, including multi-lane highways such as Highway 101.

The only exception to the law is for divided highways with two roads separated by an unpaved median strip or barrier, such as in the Lincoln and Gleneden Beach areas. In this case, only drivers on the same side of the road as the bus must stop.  A painted median strip or a center lane used only for left turns does not create two separate lanes.  Where this situation exists, all lanes of traffic must stop.

When a bus is flashing amber lights, motorists should prepare to stop. When the red lights begin to flash, motorists traveling in both directions must stop before reaching the bus and must remain stopped until the red lights are turned off. The same rules apply to church or worker buses equipped with amber and red flashing lights.

Please do your part to make our roads safe. Be aware when following any type of bus, it may be making frequent stops. Following these tips will help reduce the risk of traffic crashes and pedestrian injuries in our community.


For more information and tips, visit our web site at and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

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“Click It or Ticket” campaign to focus on child passengers

Law enforcement will be on extra duty Aug. 25 – Sept. 7

safetySALEM – In Oregon last year, 997 child passengers under age eight were injured and three were killed in motor vehicles crashes – of these, 12 were riding totally unrestrained. Among 4- to 8-year-olds who, by law, should be riding in restraints designed for children, one in three was restrained in an adult belt system. It’s critical that child passengers use the right safety restraint for their age, weight and size – and to help ensure this, law enforcement from local police agencies, sheriff offices and Oregon State Police will participate in the “Click It or Ticket” overtime campaign throughout the state from Aug. 25 – Sept. 7.

“Child safety seats reduce the likelihood of infants being killed in a crash by 71 percent,” said Carla Levinski, ODOT’s Occupant Protection Safety manager. “Using the right restraint reduces the likelihood of fatalities for toddlers aged 1 to 4 by more than half.”

Clearly, it’s worth the effort to make sure our most vulnerable passengers are buckled up correctly. And most Oregonians do: a statewide observation survey from June 2013 found 98 percent of Oregon’s motoring public using safety belts, making Oregon the highest belt use state in the country. Still, in 2012, 61 of Oregon’s 198 occupant fatalities were reportedly unrestrained.

ODOT provides grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for overtime safety belt enforcement campaigns. Studies show that the greatest danger to unbelted occupants is ejection from a vehicle, and the odds of surviving ejection are estimated at one in four – compared to a one in two hundred fatality rate for occupants who remain inside the vehicle.

For child passengers, Oregon law states the following:

  • A child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat.
  • A child under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat.
  • A child over forty pounds but under age eight or less than 4’ 9” tall must be restrained in either a child seat with harness system or in a booster seat that raises the child up so that a lap and shoulder belt system fit correctly.

ODOT encourages caregivers to place children under age thirteen in rear seating positions whenever possible and to send in their car safety seat and booster seat registrations to ensure they receive important recall information.

For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer’s instructions, vehicle owner’s manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of Oregon fitting stations is available at: or at

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