2014 Western Oregon elk raffle tag winner. Big game raffle tickets make a great holiday gift. ODFW photo.
Hunting and fishing licenses and tags, parking permits, 2014 Habitat Conservation stamps and more are on sale just in time for holiday gift giving. They are on sale on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website, at ODFW license agents and at ODFW offices that sell licenses.
· A Juvenile Resident Sports Pac makes a great gift. It lets 12- to 17-year olds fish, hunt, crab and clam all year for only $55. The package includes one of each of the following: Combination angling/hunting/shellfish license; combined angling harvest tag; upland game bird and Oregon waterfowl validation; and tags (general or controlled) for deer, elk, bear, cougar and spring turkey.
· Adult anglers and hunters reap the benefits of reduced pricing in a Sports Pac for $164.75, a $69.75 savings.
· Senior citizens 70 and over who have been Oregon residents for five years get a fishing license for $15 and a hunting license for $13.75. Continue reading
On Thursday, December 18 Dr. Richard Brodeur will present “Jellyfish:
More than Just Slime”. Dr. Brodeur is a reknowned research fishery
biologist with NOAA Fisheries at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
He will talk about jellyfish life history and ecology, the positive
and negative effects jellyfish have on humans, and also how changing
ocean conditions may favor continued increases in jellyfish blooms.
This Yaquina Birders & Naturalists meeting starts at 7 PM at the
Meeting Room of Central Lincoln PUD (2129 North Coast Highway in north
Newport. Cost: free. Everyone is welcome! For more info, call
The holiday season is often said to be “the most wonderful time of the year.” People are cheery, gifts are given, and families gather together. But this special time can quickly turn tragic if proper care is not given to Christmas tree safety.
Christmas tree fires are more likely to occur after Christmas than before. For example, none of the ten dates with the largest number of home Christmas tree structure fires occurred before Christmas.
Electrical failures or malfunctions were involved in one-third (32%) of the home Christmas tree structure fires. One in six (17%) occurred because some type of heat source was too close to the tree. Decorative lights on line voltage were involved in 12% of these incidents. Seven percent of home Christmas tree fires were started by candles.
Here is a list of holiday fire safety tips from National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration:
1) When choosing a tree, look for one that is fresh and has green needles that don’t fall out. Brownish needles mean the tree is dried out and more prone to catch fire.
2) Water your tree daily to prevent it from drying out.
3) Check the manufacturer’s labels to ensure you use only lights and decorations that are flame-retardant. Look for a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories, Intertek or the Canadian Standards Association, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
4) Check holiday lights for frayed wires or excessive wear.
5) Don’t connect more than three strands of mini-string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.
6) Keep your tree at least three (3) feet away from any heat source, such as a fireplace, radiator, candles or lights.
7) Make sure your tree is not blocking an exit. In case there is a fire, you want a way to get out.
8) Always turn off lights on a tree before going to bed or leaving your home.
9) Get rid of a tree when its needles start dropping. It means the tree is drying out.
10) Check that your smoke alarm is working properly.
For more information and tips, visit our web site at http://www.lincolncountysheriff.net and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.
As open enrollment for 2015 health insurance plans approaches, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division, is providing information to consumers about how to choose the plan that best meets their health and financial needs. This guide focuses on your cost of health care.
When comparing health plans during open enrollment, it is important to find the plan that best meets your financial and health needs. That means taking a close look at what services you expect you will need during 2015 and how much they will cost.
Although you pay the insurance company a monthly premium for coverage, you will also pay a portion of the costs for many of the health care services you receive. Generally, if you pay a lower monthly premium, your share of the costs for services may be higher. If you choose a plan with a higher monthly premium, you may pay less when you visit a doctor, fill a prescription, or use other medical services. Here are the key terms to look for when comparing plans:
Deductible: The annual amount you pay for care before your plan begins to pay. For example, if your deductible is $1,000, your plan will not pay anything until you have paid $1,000 worth of care. Keep in mind that not all payments apply toward your deductible. For example, your costs for out-of-network services or a flat dollar co-payment may not count toward your deductible. Continue reading
Oregon Medicare beneficiaries need to remember that annual enrollment this year is from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Any Medicare Advantage (MA) or prescription drug plan (Part D) changes must be made between these dates so that coverage begins without interruption on Jan. 1, 2015.
The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) Program, a federally funded program available to help Oregon’s more than 650,000 Medicare beneficiaries, has counselors available statewide at 1-800-722-4134 to provide free, unbiased one-on-one assistance during annual enrollment. Counselors are available locally in Lincoln County. To make an appointment, call (541) 574-2684.
Medicare health and drug plans mailed “Annual Notice of Change” letters to current members in September. This letter outlines any changes to cost and covered benefits in 2015, including whether plans will be available. Continue reading
Kite fliers from around the Pacific Northwest will be gathered at the D-River Wayside on June 27 & 28, 2015 for the 31st Annual Summer Kite Festival in Lincoln City. This annual festival is a celebration of professional and leisure kite fliers with some of the most colorful big show kites in the world.
But before the festivities begin, the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau (VCB) are asking for your help! Last year’s festival theme, “Unleashed” was a resounding success. Progressively working through the alphabet, this year, a new theme must be determined using the letter “V”. The VCB will hold a naming contest through December. Enter by visiting www.oregoncoast.org/kite-contest, where contestants should submit their entries using the letter “V” in naming the theme. Multiple entries will be accepted provided the submissions are unique.
One lucky contestant will help name the Kite Festival theme for the year and win a family weekend getaway to Lincoln City! The prize package includes one night’s lodging, restaurant certificates, and a chance to blow your own glass float at the Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio. Contest ends December 31, 2014, after which a winner will be determined based on the most creative use of the letter “V”. Festival organizers will select the winning theme, and a random drawing will be held in the event of duplicate winning submissions. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
For more information about this contest or the Kite Festivals, contact the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau at 800-452-2151 or visit www.oregoncoast.org.
It has been nearly two years since the tragedies at the Clackamas Town Center and Sandy Hook school in Connecticut. Violence erupted in a fashion that we cannot comprehend and only a small segment of our population has ever experienced. While the discussion of why such events have occurred continues, it is important for our citizens to know what to do should they find themselves in an active-shooter event.
A review of the shooting incidents over the last decade in this country revealed that a significant number of these events occurred in the workplace, more so than in schools or other public places. Many of these incidents were the result of the loss of significant relationships, changes in financial status, loss of a job, changes in living arrangements, major adverse changes to life circumstances, and/or feelings of humiliation or rejection on the part of the shooter. Continue reading