Fresh Dungeness crab is on the menu for holiday feasts after fishery managers determined the Oregon commercial crab season is ready to open on Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. Quality testing showed crab exceeded minimum pre-season test criteria in Oregon, Washington and California waters. Fishery managers from the three states met and agreed to open commercial crabbing from the Klipsan Beach, Wash., to Point Arena, Calif. on Dec. 1.
Commercial crabbers are allowed to set their gear three days before the season opens, so ocean watchers will see the lights of crab boats off the coast as early as Friday, Nov. 28. Hold inspections will be conducted on Sunday, Nov.30. Any vessel making crab landings in Oregon during the first 30 days of the fishery must be certified to have been free of Dungeness crab on Nov. 30. Recreational harvest of Dungeness crab in the ocean off Oregon also opens Dec. 1. The recreational harvest of Dungeness crab in Oregon’s bays and estuaries is open year round.
Oregon clammers can learn the ins and outs of bay clam populations in Tillamook and Netarts bays at two upcoming presentations by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The purpose of the meetings is to share the results of the extensive surveys of Tillamook (2010-2012) and Netarts (2013-2014) bays bay clams – including where they are found, their abundance, and their preferred habitat. Bay clams include butter, cockle, gaper and native littleneck clams.
ODFW biologists will present survey results for Netarts Bay on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the Netarts Fire House, 1235 5th St. Loop, Netarts. The results for Tillamook Bay will be presented on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Oregon Dept. of Forestry Bldg., 5005 3rd St., Tillamook. Both presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. The meeting agendas also include the introduction of new clamming maps, a discussion of shellfish management in the bays, and an opportunity for members of the public to question and interact with ODFW shellfish biologists.
The surveys of Tillamook and Netarts bays clam populations were conducted by the ODFW Shellfish and Estuarine Assessment of Coastal Oregon (SEACOR), which documents populations of recreationally important bay clams along the Oregon Coast. This research is funded by recreational shellfish license dollars. For more information on the SEACOR program and its study results, visit the ODFW website.
Contributing To Charities
When tragedy strikes, many people demonstrate their generosity and donate goods and cash to the victims of the tragedy. That has occurred many times in Lincoln County. While people are generally the focus of tragic events, our pets and livestock are also vulnerable to tragedy or misfortune.
Publicity involving events of injury, abuse, or neglect of animals always results in public outcry and outreach. People want to help and many give financial donations to help defray veterinarian costs, and to feed and care for the animals. Donation-cans appear, bank accounts are opened, and people give generously.
It is important that regardless of the cause, donors need to exercise some caution before donating. Your Sheriff’s Office has warned our citizens of many cons and scams over the years, many even involving law enforcement. To ensure your donation is: 1) used for its intended purpose(s); 2) is tax deductible; and 3) is handled by a reputable organization or business, your Sheriff’s Office recommends you research the sources you are donating to.
Your donation can be tax deductible if you give to a registered non-profit. Any registered non-profit will have a Tax I.D. number which they will provide to you upon request (many publish them). This is what the I.R.S. requires in order for you to claim a deduction. If the organization cannot produce a Tax ID number, they are not a registered nonprofit.
The 2013 Oregon Legislature passed a law requiring non-profits to expend at least 30% of the organization’s total annual functional expenses on program services averaged over the most recent three years. Failure to comply can result in the Oregon Department of Justice suspending the organization’s non-profit status. If this occurred, future contributions to that organization would no longer be tax deductible.
To raise funds for the Waldport High School small engines class and racing program, Lincoln County School District is holding a surplus sale Nov. 21-22 at the Arcadia School in Toledo.
Items to be sold include equipment and supplies from the school building, located at 1811 NE Arcadia Drive. Sale times are 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22.
Daniel Wirick, the shop and technology teacher Waldport High, says his small engines and racing program is buzzing with activity. Plans for a Mow Down racing event in the spring are underway with excited students ready to take on the challenge. The program is looking to grow with after school activities and clubs. The surplus sale will help to fund these programs, giving students with an interest in engineering a place to apply themselves.
For information, call 541-563-3243 or send an email to: Daniel.Wirick@lincoln.k12.or.us
For many people, adventuring out and cutting a Christmas tree is an annual holiday tradition. If you enjoy the hunt for your perfect Christmas tree, visit a Siuslaw National Forest office and pick up a Christmas tree cutting permit for $5 each. The permit holder is allowed to cut one tree for personal use.
While the Siuslaw National Forest promotes this activity by selling the annual permits, people need to be aware that finding the perfect tree may not be easy.
The trees on this forest are fast growing; which may render them as less than ideal Christmas trees to some. In addition, areas with small trees are becoming less available due to fewer young tree plantations and some area closures, including Marys Peak.
Douglas fir and Sitka Spruce are the most common tree species available on the Siuslaw National Forest. Highly sought after Noble firs, and other high elevation “true firs”, are not available on the Siuslaw National Forest.
However, Noble firs and other high elevation “true firs” can be found in the Willamette National Forest, which is also offering Christmas tree permits. The closest location to the Corvallis area to purchase a permit for the Willamette National Forest is at the Sweet Home Ranger District and local vendors in Sweet Home. Continue reading
Brown pelicans rest on a finger jetty in Yaquina Bay. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)
The brown pelican, with its famous large throat pouch and gregarious personality, is one of the most distinctive birds on the Oregon coast. Under normal circumstances, brown pelicans sustain themselves sustain themselves by scooping up small fish in their large bills while swimming in the ocean. Pelicans are also known to accept an easier but more dangerous fare – junk food given to them by well-meaning but misinformed people.
ODFW biologists have recently noted several pelicans in Siletz successfully approaching and begging for food. Don’t fall for this ruse, they say. “Feeding pelicans is almost never a good idea,” said Doug Cottam, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist in Newport. “While it might seem like you’re helping them, feeding these birds likely causes more harm than good.
In fact, according to Cottam, feeding these birds can actually put their lives at risk. For one thing, human food can make them sick. Feeding can also disrupt their migration patterns by encouraging them to hang out along the north coast when what they should be doing is migrating to their winter breeding grounds in Baja California. “While we appreciate people’s concern for brown pelicans the best way to help them is to leave them alone,” said Cottam.
In response to the voters’ decision to pass Measure 91, Steven Marks, Executive Director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has released the following statement:
“The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will work with other state agencies to implement Measure 91 with a great amount of accountability through a transparent and public process. Implementation of recreational marijuana in Oregon will have an emphasis on bringing Oregon’s marijuana industry into a regulated and licensed marketplace.
From now until January 2016, OLCC will be exploring many policy questions that will require extensive public and stakeholder input. As we move forward, we will focus on preventing marijuana sales to minors, protecting consumers through establishing standards and providing education, as well as supporting law enforcement in their efforts to prevent unlicensed sale and production of marijuana. Continue reading
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