The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many more donors stepped up to give following an urgent call issued in late July. Donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed. Blood donations often decline during the summer months, particularly around summer holidays. With school starting back up and summer activities coming to an end, there is still time for eligible donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this summer. There will be blood drives held in Lincoln County on Friday 8/29 from 11-4 at JC Market Thriftway in Newport and on Saturday 8/30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tanger Outlets in Lincoln City. To encourage donations over the Labor Day holiday weekend, all donors who come out to donate blood August 30 through September 1, will receive a Red Cross mason jar tumbler, while supplies last. To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. click on the link below to see blood drives being offered throughout the state.
Health warnings issued when beaches have high levels of bacteria do not keep many surfers out of the water, according to a new study by Oregon State University. Nearly three in 10 surfers admit they knowingly surf during health advisories – nearly the same amount that chooses not to surf during periods of elevated bacteria. About 40 percent of surfers said they were unaware if they had ever surfed during an active health advisory. The data can help public officials better warn surfers of potential health risks, said Anna Harding, co-author of the study and professor in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences.
“Beach advisories for bacteria are not having their intended effect of dissuading surfers,” Harding said. “The lack of awareness about advisories – and willingness to take risks surfing in water that may be contaminated – suggests the need to educate surfers about behaviors that make them vulnerable to illness.” More than 500 surfers from the Pacific Northwest provided information for OSU’s study and spanned a wide range of ages, incomes, surfing frequency and other demographics.
Of those surveyed by OSU, nearly 40 percent reported ear infections or discharge at some point during surfing; 30 percent, a sore throat or cough; 16 percent experienced diarrhea; 10 percent, fever; and 7 percent had vomited. Results were consistent across experience levels and were not lessened by showering after surfing. Surfing during and after rain also led to higher rates of waterborne illnesses. Surfers are attracted to large waves that accompany a storm, but rain can send fecal bacteria from stormwater outfalls into the Pacific Ocean, as well as flush harmful microbes from animal feces present in streams and rivers onto beaches. Continue reading
The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and the Pacific Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that an agreement has been reached with the Jesuit Novitiate in Sheridan, Ore., to conserve the 102.53-acre Jesuit property located on Cannery Hill overlooking Nestucca Bay. Ownership of the property has been transferred to the Service from the Jesuits.
The property will be protected as a part of the 1,202-acre Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge and combined with the 90-acre Harder property acquired in May 2013, now fully protects the entire Cannery Hill North Peninsula for wildlife and outdoor recreation.
“I’m nearly speechless that this stunning piece of coastal landscape will be protected in perpetuity for the public as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System,” said Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. “The success of this acquisition was only possible due to the herculean efforts of our valued partners at The Nature Conservancy, Federal Highway Administration, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Oregon congressional delegation,” added Lowe. Continue reading
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is home to over 15,000 animals, each a representative ambassador of their species in the wild. The challenge? These creatures cannot speak for themselves. Over 150 outstanding volunteer interpreters donate their time to add depth to these animals and their native environments to the 450,000 people that visit the Aquarium each year.
“Interpretation is a great opportunity for people who love animals and Oregon’s outdoors to teach others about what makes the coast special,” said Beth Hawkyard, Volunteer Services Manager for the Aquarium. “When a volunteer connects with a visitor about a particular animal, or a conservation issue like marine debris, they make an impression that may last a lifetime.”
As interpreters of the Aquarium’s exhibits, volunteers must be well versed in the marine fauna of Oregon. Stations are rotated with each volunteer shift, and views vary from sea otters splashing, to anchovies schooling, to puffins parading around the Seabird Aviary. Continue reading
The Oregon Public Utility Commission is issuing an urgent SCAM alert cautioning consumers about online postings offering to help them to get a free cellphone.
Assurance Wireless (Virgin Mobile) and SafeLink Wireless (TracFone) are authorized to provide free cell phone service (Lifeline) in Oregon to eligible consumers.
The scammers claim to be representatives for either Safelink Wireless or Assurance Wireless. However, neither company is currently using representatives in Oregon to sign up customers.
How the scam works: Scammers advertise the free cell phones and free monthly wireless minutes on websites like CraigsList. After the consumer responds to the online solicitation, scammers ask for copies of personal identifying information, such as their driver’s license or identification card, and proof of participation in a public assistance program. These scammers claim they will complete and submit an application on your behalf for the free cell phone to be delivered to your home. Continue reading
Snapping turtles are illegal to buy, sell, trade or release into the wild in Oregon. (Photo by Meghan Dugan/ODFW)
Since the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in 1990, hundreds of thousands of live turtles were purchased as pets, many of which died because of improper care or were illegally released into the wild. Susan Barnes is hoping the latest ninja turtle movie won’t cause a spike in turtle sales in Oregon. Barnes, a conservation biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, says turtles don’t always make the best pets. “Turtles require a lot of care and have special diet and habitat needs to keep them healthy. Turtles also carry salmonella which can make people, particularly children, very sick.”
Red-eared sliders, map turtles and snapping turtles are not native to Oregon and are often illegally bought, sold or traded in the state. “These are the most common turtles we see as pets, but it’s illegal to have them in Oregon because they are invasive species,” Barnes said. “If they get out into the wild, they are harmful to our native turtles which we are very concerned about.” Kids often lose interest quickly in their pet turtles, which can’t slice, dice and fight like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Please consider the health risks and responsibilities before adopting a turtle, many of which can live 40 to 100 years and grow to be very large. Be sure it’s a species legal to have in Oregon or better yet, buy an action figure instead.
For more information on turtles in Oregon, visit the ODFW website http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/turtles.asp
Oregon Food Bank is alerting recipients of food through the Oregon Food Bank Network and associated partner agencies, pantries and community kitchens of a voluntary recall of almond butter and peanut butter due to a potential Salmonella contamination. The product being recalled is in pint sized glass jars with a white label listing ingredients and stating “distributed by Oregon Food Bank.” All products with a BEST BY date of July 21, 2015 or earlier should not be used. The BEST BY date is located on the lid of product.
The almond butter and peanut butter was donated to Oregon Food Bank and intended for use in feeding people experiencing hunger. The potential contamination, which was traced to the manufacturing facility prior to donation, was identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during routine testing. In addition, food recipients may have received peanut butter and almond butter included in the nSPIRED Natural Foods, Inc. recall. Affected product includes certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters packaged for Safeway, Kroger, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Specific information on this recall is available through the FDA’s website. Continue reading