The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will join forces with other conservation-minded groups and individuals Saturday, April 19 to rid the Alsea River of trash. The day-long clean-up is set to begin at 9 a.m. at the U.S. Forest Service’s Blackberry Day Use area, located approximately 19 miles east of Waldport on Highway 34. The Alsea Sportsman’s Association and Dahl & Dahl are both event partners for this clean-up, and ODFW is seeking additional volunteers to assist in the effort both by boat and from shore.
“We need volunteers to work from the river and others to work from the road, picking up trash along Highway 34 and the Alsea River corridor as well as popular vehicle access recreation sites along the river,” said Christine Clapp, ODFW biologist in Newport. Free parking passes will be provided to volunteers for the day, and those bringing boats can receive a free shuttle service. Both drift boats and motor boats are needed. There will be coffee and donuts in the morning and a barbecue in the afternoon.
“This is a great and fun way for people to show their support for clean and healthy rivers” said Clapp. The clean-up will focus on the river downstream from Missouri Bend, as river flows allow.
Persons willing to bring a boat to the clean-up are asked to RSVP to Christine Clapp by calling her at 541-265-8306, ext. 253
Oregon Job Growth Hits Fastest Pace in Eight Years
Industry Payroll Employment (Establishment Survey Data)
Oregon’s seasonally adjusted monthly job gain of 7,500 in March was the largest since November 2005 when 9,300 jobs were added.
The rapid job growth in recent months may be pulling people back into the labor market. Nearly five years into this economic recovery, rapid gains in construction employment and an end to overall government job declines have lent support to more broad-based economic expansion. The jobs report indicated economic growth accelerated in March, with many of the major industries adding at least 1,000 jobs.
Construction shot up by 1,800, following a gain of 1,300 in February. Leisure and hospitality bounced back from a one-month dip, adding 2,100 in March. In addition, five industries added close to 1,000 jobs: retail trade (+1,200 jobs), financial activities (+900), professional and business services (+1,200), private educational services (+800), and health care and social assistance (+1,400). The only industry showing a large loss in March was wholesale trade, which shed 1,000 jobs. Continue reading
Oregon businesses reported 10,000 more job vacancies early in 2014 than they did the prior year. Businesses had approximately 32,700 job vacancies in the winter months of 2014, according to a Job Vacancy Survey recently completed by the Oregon Employment Department.
Not only did employers report having more openings, they also reported more difficulty finding the workers they need, and they are offering higher average wages, possibly to attract more applicants.
All of this means additional (and perhaps better-paid) opportunities for job seekers in Oregon .
The increase of 10,000 job vacancies occurred among businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Businesses with 100 or more employees had essentially the same level of vacancies this year as in winter 2013. Continue reading
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is warning consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting Oregon taxpayers during this tax season.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS or Oregon Department of Revenue and they must pay immediately through a temporary debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to pay, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes aggressive and insulting.
“Oregonians need to be vigilant as the April 15th tax deadline approaches. The IRS and the Oregon Department of Revenue will never ask you to pay with a pre-paid debit card or make a wire transfer,” says Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. Continue reading
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Community Meeting on Thursday, April 17, 2014. This is the 17th community meeting hosted by Sheriff Dennis Dotson and his leadership team since 2006. This community meeting will be held at the Yachats Commons from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sheriff Dotson notes, “That while the meeting is being held in Yachats, citizens from around the county are welcome to attend.”
Citizens will meet and hear from the Sheriff and all of his Commanders. Topics to be discussed include:
• Radio communications and 911 services
• Deputy Sheriff duties and staffing
• Animal Shelter activities and services
• Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL)
• Fingerprinting, Sheriff’s Sales (foreclosures)
• Jail operations and Inmate management
Questions that will be asked of attendees include:
• How do you obtain information about the Sheriff’s Office?
• How satisfied are you with the Sheriff’s Office?
• Do you think the Sheriff’s Office has enough presence in your area?
• What do you believe the Sheriff’s Office should be doing?
• What services should be provided?
• How can we keep you informed of what the Sheriff’s Office is doing?
“We need our citizen’s input and assistance if we are to provide effective services”, stated Sheriff Dotson.
Light refreshments will be served.
Oregon State Police along with other law enforcement partners join ODOT and transportation agencies across the country in raising awareness about the importance of traveling safely through road construction work zones for “National Work Zone Awareness Week” now through the 11th. This year’s theme, “Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake”, aims to raise awareness of speeding and the effect speed and unsafe driving has on work zone safety.
Traffic crashes cause serious injuries and death. Nationally, an average of 595 people is killed in work zone crashes each year. According to ODOT, during the last 3 years there were 21 fatalities in work zone crashes. ODOT’s work zone safety program is aimed primarily at reducing the number of fatal and serious injury traffic crashes that occur in all roadway and utility work zones in Oregon.
This is achieved through a comprehensive program which includes engineering, education, enforcement and emergency medical services. OSP troopers work closely with ODOT to address safety concerns in highway work zones on state highways and freeways. ODOT provides overtime grant funding to OSP to put troopers on overtime working in many work zones throughout the state.
Last year State Police issued 6,728 citations, including 3,698 speed-related violations, and warned drivers for 12,959 traffic-related violations and arrested 54 intoxicated drivers. National studies show that driver inattention and distraction is the biggest factor in work zone crashes. Excessive speed is the next biggest problem.
The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number. The fake emails may include the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.” Recipients are directed to click on links that supposedly provide information about the “advocate” assigned to their case or that let them “review reported income.” The links lead to web pages that solicit personal information.
Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at email@example.com. For more information, visit the IRS’s Report Phishing web page. The Taxpayer Advocate Service is a legitimate IRS organization that helps taxpayers resolve federal tax issues that have not been resolved through the normal IRS channels. The IRS, including TAS, does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, texting or any social media. For more on scams to guard against see the “Dirty Dozen” list on IRS.gov.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child. Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public across the country and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap
Initial images and video of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 28, engaging in sexually explicit activities with a child were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in November of 2012. Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have successfully enhanced images depicting John Doe 28 and believe they contain several clues, which may assist with the identification of the subject. For example, the video depicts the subject and the victim inside a residence with what appears to be a blue sofa chair and a picture hanging on a wall in the background. Additionally, the subject is wearing wire-framed glasses and a burgundy t-shirt with what appears to be a shark logo on his left side. Continue reading
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has, for the first time, designated April as national “Distracted Driving Awareness” month. Across the country, a campaign will remind motorists, “U Drive. U Text. U Pay,” which is aimed at saving lives. In Oregon, from 2008 – 2012, 13 people were killed in crashes involving drivers who admitted or were witnessed using a handheld mobile communication device.
Troy E. Costales, Safety Division administrator for the Oregon Department of Transportation said they want motorists to be more focused on driving, especially with nice weather on the way when more people will be out on the roadways not only in cars, but on motorcycles, bicycles and more pedestrians.
Distracted driving isn’t limited to those who text or talk on a phone. During that same five year period in Oregon, 65 people died in crashes involving any kind of “distracted driver” – these distractions can include paying attention to passengers, eating or even grooming. In fact, distraction is anything that diverts the driver’s attention from the primary tasks of navigating the vehicle and responding to critical events. Continue reading
You are ready to head out the door to visit your favorite spot on a nearby national forest. You have all your gear, your food, your water and, of course, your faithful companion. But suddenly you remember you need a recreation day pass. What do you do? You grab your mobile device, enter in some information to purchase a National Forest Recreation Day ePass, and then send the ePass to your printer. Thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and Discover Your Northwest, this convenient ePass will be available April 1stat http://www.discovernw.org. To purchase the ePass, you simply include the date you plan to visit and the vehicle you will be using. You then print the ePass on your home computer, grab your gear and prepare for a day of adventure on your national forest lands.
“In today’s world, people often make last minute decisions to recreate and expect to be able to use their computers to help them choose their destination and make any purchases they need,” said Claire Lavendel, Director of Recreation, Lands, Minerals, and Heritage Resources. “We are so thankful for the partnership with Discover Your Northwest, which enables us to offer the ePass and help provide this convenience.” Revenue, generated through recreation fees, is reinvested in the special places you are visiting to help operate and maintain them. The ePass is honored for one day at all Forest Service recreation day-use sites in Oregon and Washington where “Recreation Pass required” signs are posted. The ePass covers the pass holder and any accompanying passengers at per-vehicle sites. The ePass is valid until midnight of the date printed on the pass. ePasses may also be purchased for a friend or family member, but a license plate number and the planned date of use is needed at the time of purchase.
When you arrive at your destination, simply place your ePass on your dashboard, ensuring that the date and your vehicle license information are clearly visible.The ePass currently is not available for open topped vehicles such as jeeps or motorcycles because the ePass cannot be displayed without risk of being damaged by weather conditions or stolen. After purchasing an ePass, you will have two days to print the pass before it expires. This allows people to use their mobile devices to purchase the pass and give them time to access a printer. For more information about Forest Service recreation opportunities in Oregon and Washington, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r6/recreation