Private employers in northwest Oregon and the Willamette Valley were looking to fill about 7,800 job vacancies at any given time during 2013, according to new annual figures from the Oregon Employment Department’s Job Vacancy Survey. Most offered starting wages below $12 per hour and few required more than a high school diploma. The Job Vacancy Survey provides a snapshot of the labor market that job seekers face. These results are for Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Yamhill counties during 2013.
Area businesses reported vacancies for 235 different occupations in 2013. The top 25 occupations shown in the table represent nearly two-thirds (64%) of the total. The top three occupations -farmworkers, personal care aides, and meat and fish cutters – accounted for more than one-fifth (22%) of all vacancies reported.
Wages offered for job vacancies varied with the education required. More than two-thirds (69%) of vacancies did not require education beyond high school and they offered an average hourly wage of $10.55 per hour. This compared with average hourly wages of $20.30 per hour for vacancies that required an associate degree (2 percent of total vacancies), $23.40 per hour for those needing a bachelor’s degree (10 percent of the total vacancies), and $27.43 for vacancies requiring a graduate degree (2 percent of the total vacancies). Continue reading
You can support Oregon’s wildlife by donating to the Nongame Wildlife Fund through your 2013 Oregon State tax return. The Fund, established by the Oregon State Legislature, fuels the conservation of Oregon’s wildlife through habitat conservation and species management.
“Oregon has a wonderful array of wildlife to enjoy. It is one of the things that makes our state unique,” said Andrea Hanson, ODFW Conservation Strategy Coordinator. “Where else can you see bighorn sheep, tufted puffins, whales, bald eagles and western painted turtles? It’s a legacy we want to leave to future generations to enjoy.”
Write Charitable Code # 19 in the charitable donation section of your 2013 Oregon State tax form or send your tax-deductible donation to Oregon Nongame Wildlife Fund, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, OR 97302. Continue reading
Thanks to the Lincoln City Cultural Center the Oregon Capitol has new art on display. Five coastal landscape photographs by local artists Vonelle Swanson and Ralph Elliott are on now hanging in State Rep. David Gomberg’s outer office. Gomberg regularly hosts rotating art exhibitions when the Legislative Assembly is in session.
“The Oregon coast is blessed with incredible natural beauty. It is a pleasure to bring some of that inside to share with folks as they go about their business,” Gomberg said. “It is also a great opportunity to highlight and promote the strong arts scene on the Oregon coast. The Lincoln City Cultural Center is an important part of our community and I’m happy to help show them off,” he added.
Niki Price, executive director of the Lincoln City Cultural Center delivered and installed the pieces in the Capitol last week. Rep. Gomberg introduced Niki from the House floor.The works to display were selected by gallery director Krista Eddy. The artwork is on display in Room 371 in the House office wing; the public is encouraged to visit.
Anglers who turn in their 2013 combined angling tag and/or hatchery harvest tag before May 16, 2014 could win one of over 100 outdoor products or gift cards from Bi-Mart. ODFW is sponsoring the promotion to try to increase the number of returned tags. Currently, the department estimates, only about 20 percent of anglers return their combined tags, which are required to fish for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and Pacific halibut.
“We get a lot of important harvest information from harvest tags,” said John Seabourne, operations manager for the ODFW Fish Division. The information is used to determine harvest rates and effort rates in Oregon’s salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and halibut fisheries. The information is also posted on the ODFW website where anglers can check the harvest rates in their favorite water bodies.
Anglers who return their tags by the May 16 deadline will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win prizes that include Bi-Mart gift cards and Okuma rod and reel combos. Completed tags can be returned in person to any ODFW office or license agent. Anglers many also mail their tags to ODFW Tag Returns, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem, Ore. 97302.
The Oregon Immunization Program wants parents to know that children will not be able to attend school or child care starting Feb. 19 if their records on file show missing immunizations. State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start, and certified child care facilities have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations, or have a religious or medical exemption.
“Immunization is an effective way to keep schools and the entire community healthy,” said Stacy de Assis Matthews, school law coordinator in the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. “We want to make sure children are fully protected against vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough.”
Information for parents about updated vaccine requirements: Continue reading
The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival’s Commercial Wine Competition is the longest continuously running contest of its kind in the Northwest. Its longstanding reputation makes winning a medal one that wineries covet. An elite panel of judges who have worked together for two decades results in consistent, interconnected evaluations each year.
February 8-9, 2014 marked the 28th year of the Commercial Wine Competition. Records were broken by the 169 entries, with the best wine being a Syrah made right in Newport’s backyard by Dick Cutler’s Flying Dutchman Winery in Otter Rock, Oregon. Voted Best-of-Show was Flying Dutchman Winery 2006 Syrah, Freed Estate Vineyard, Umpqua Valley.
Syrah grapes brought up from the Umpqua Valley, where necessary warmer temperatures prevail, were fermented by Cutler at his winery on a cliff above the Pacific. The Flying Dutchman labels proclaim “Salt Air Fermentation” and Cutler’s red wines are given extended aging in the barrel before bottling. The 2006 Syrah was first released in 2013. Continue reading
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On 01-30-2014, at about 12:06 pm, LCPD responded to the Tanger Outlet Mall on a suspicious person call. The Manager of Zumiez called LCPD and reported that a male and female had just been in the store and had attempted to make a purchase with a Visa Gift Card that was declined when swiped through the store’s credit card machine. The manager reported that the male had tried to get him to enter the Visa number manually into their credit card machine. The manager refused and phoned the police as something just didn’t seem right.
LCPD Officers quickly located the male, 27 year old Donovan Stieff from North Dakota and began an investigation that led to Stieff being taken into custody on attempted theft charges. As police officers were investigating the call, they were contacted by other merchants of Outlet mall who reported that the couple had made charges and attempted to make charges using VISA Gift Cards. Upon further investigation, police located the female, 28 year old Samantha Rautanen of Arizona and the couple’s vehicle which was parked at the Outlet Mall. A search of the car and suspects uncovered numerous forged VISA Gift Cards. Numerous stolen credit card numbers and new merchandise that was purchased with forged cards in Lincoln City and Newport was also recovered. Continue reading
The 2014 Newport Seafood and Wine Festival’s Amateur Wine Competition took place on Sunday, January 26th. The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce received a total of 44 wines from amateur winemakers to be entered into the competition. Each wine was sorted by variety of wine, category and then arranged in flights to be “blind tasted” by three tables of judges. Scores were given for color, bouquet, taste, finish and overall impression.
The most coveted award of the competition, Best in Show, was given to Charles Weaver of Washington for his 2012 Syrah. The judges unanimously selected Weaver’s “Windy Canyon” Syrah, which happened to be the very first entry received for the competition. Continue reading