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Oregon author Bob Welch comes to Newport Thursday, April 24, to talk about Newport Reads! selection, Cascade Summer: My Adventure on Oregon’s Pacific Crest Trail. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. followed by book signing in the auditorium of the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
Welch is the award-winning writer of nearly 2000 columns for the Eugene Register-Guard and 15 books. Books are available at the library, local book stores are selling them, and copies will be for sale after the talk.

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April 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. PAADA (Partnership Against Alcohol  and Drug Abuse), Local Law Enforcement and the DEA give the public an opportunity to safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescriptions drugs.

 PAADA, Local Law Enforcement and the Drug EnforcementAdministration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for safe disposal to Rx Drop Boxes located at
Police Departments in
Newport, Toledo and Lincoln City; and in Waldport from 10-2 at the Sheriff’s Office Sub-Station (located behind Waldport City Hall).

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds)of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and itsthousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take
Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills. PAADA Drug Take Back media

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. DEA is in the process of
approving new regulations that implement the Safe and
Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.
Elise Jordan
Outreach Specialist PAADA -
The Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse
324 N. Coast Hwy Newport, OR
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Something fishy has recently arrived at the Oregon Coast Community College. A new group of live tropical marine fish was added to the Aquarium Science facility as part of a laboratory activity in the Aquarium Science Program’s Fish and Invertebrate Health Management class. As a result of a generous donation from Quality Marine, a tropical fish wholesale company based in Los Angeles, the new fish as part of a quarantine project in the class.


clip_image00222Aquarium Science student Drew Shelquist, from Minnesota, carefully inspects the condition of the new fish that arrived at OCCC from Quality Marine (Los Angeles, CA). In preparation for shipping, two bags are placed inside each other (double-bagged), then water is added up to 1/3 of the bag. Fish are then added and the remaining space is filled with pure oxygen before the bag is sealed. All fish arrived alive and well.


The quarantine laboratory exercise included instruction about how to properly receive, acclimate and introduce specimens into a newly constructed fish quarantine system in the facility. The quarantine system was installed earlier in the year by students enrolled in the Life Support Systems Design and Operation class. The aquarium system was specifically developed to support hands-on activities and projects in the program’s curriculum. “A major goal of the Aquarium Science Program is to provide numerous hands-on practical experiences, for the students, as they relate to the program’s courses. Operating fully functional aquarium systems with live animals, which the students built, are essential in preparing the students to enter the aquarium science industry workforce after graduating from the program”, said Chris Spaulding, the Aquarium Science Program Director.

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A Guided Plant Walk Scheduled At Cape Perpetua

Yachats, OR – Join Siuslaw National Forest botanist, Marty Stein, on a one and a half hour guided plant walk at Cape Perpetua on Saturday, April 19. The walk will start at 1:30 p.m. and will cover the wonders of skunk cabbage, quirks of pollination and other stories about native plants on the Oregon Coast.


“Marty is passionate about protecting native plants, controlling noxious weeds and the Siuslaw National Forest’s mission to restore natural habitats,” notes Lori Robertson, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center Director. “He wants to promote better understanding of the role of native plants in the environment and is happy to answer visitor questions” she adds.


To secure a place on this hike please call 541-547-3289. The hike will be limited to the first 15 people to sign-up.


If unpredictable weather prohibits an outside excursion, Stein will discuss plants on display inside the Visitor Center.


Stein has been a botanist with the Siuslaw National Forest for nine years. Prior to that, he worked at various National Forests throughout Oregon and Washington. He received his education at the University of Massachusetts.


A $5 day-use pass is required at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Several annual passes are also available to meet a variety of circumstances, if you plan on staying longer or visit often. There is no cost for the walk and discussion.


Cape Perpetua Visitor Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during the springtime. Overnight parking is not allowed at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center or the Devil’s Churn parking lot.

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Public Affairs Specialist

541-750-7028 office

541-602-9242 cell

 SiuslawNational Forest

3200 SW Jefferson Way

Corvallis, OR 97331


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Alsea River Cleanup April 19th

AlseaRiverThe 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

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Job Growth In Oregon Improving

 Worksource Oregon 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

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Job Vacancies Increased By 10,000

 Worksource Oregon 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

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Attorney General Warns of Telephone Scam

STATE SEALOregon 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

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Sheriff’s Office Community Meeting

LCSFThe 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.

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Work Zone Awareness Week

work zoneOregon 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.

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