The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund distributed $89,834.98 to 36 organizations today as it continued its quarterly donations to nonprofit groups. The Siletz Tribe has made contributions through employment, monetary donations and cooperative measures to the Siletz community, Lincoln County and the state of Oregon. The seven-member charitable fund advisory board has distributed more than $9 million since its inception in 2001.
Overall, the Tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $11.4 million through the charitable fund and other Tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated more than $2.8 million in cash and fund-raising items since it opened in 1995. The casino also provides in-kind donations of convention space for various fund-raisers as well as technical support, advertising and manpower for many events.
The next deadline to submit applications is Dec. 17, 2014. Continue reading
Siletz Valley Fire District received a phone call to the station for a public assist call at approximately noon today. The call was for a dog that had been hit by a vehicle on the 300 block of Egbert Ave. On arrival the 6 month old mix breed puppy was found to have a severe leg injury. The crew on scene consulted with a veterinarian office and spoke to a DVM about treatment to stabilize the injury until it could be seen at a clinic. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit assisted on scene and transported the puppy to get further medical treatment. Lincoln County Animal Shelter has a fund to assist families in need with emergent treatment for their pets. To donate; cash, checks and money orders can be mailed to Lincoln County Animal Shelter 510 NE Harney St. Newport, OR 97365.
Conrad Gowell and has been hired as the new Restoration Specialist for the MidCoast Watersheds Council. He said he is excited to begin helping to coordinate conservation efforts from Cascade Head to Heceta Head on the Central Oregon Coast. He said his goal for the next year is to initiate 4 to 6 restoration projects that will make a difference for the health of the watersheds and the communities. He will be working on product development and grant writing. This means he will be working with and reaching out to land owners, and working on conservation strategies.
Some of the projects that have recently been worked on include placing the woody debris on the Yaquina River. He some upcoming projects include a restoration project on Mill Creek on the Siletz, and restoration work on two creeks off the Alsea. He said they also have an ongoing program that helps to clear downed trees from roadways. They will then use those cleared logs for habitat for fish in the future. Gowell also works closely with the Siletz and Yaquina Watershed council’s and will be running their monthly meetings.
He will also help with the Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council. He said the SDCWC is currently working on an invasive species removal plan on Crowley Creek. Gowell will also be working closely with the Siletz Tribe on some conservation projects on the Siletz. He said it is coordination and cooperation with other non-profits and programs and environmental groups that help to get these important restoration projects completed.
PAADA, the Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse has sponsored youth leadership academies several times a year with Lincoln County students. The idea is to work with students to build problem solving and team building skills. During the Siletz Charter School participation in the leadership academy students identified substance use and abuse and behaviors in the school as areas of concern. Based on that, PAADA has been working with the students and adults at Siletz Charter to come up with a plan to overcome these issues. According to PAADA director Don McDonald they along with the school and the tribe applied for and received a youth in innovation grant for $95,000 through the department of education that will help with two student accountability programs.
One is the restorative justice program and the other will restore the community accountability board that the tribe had previously set up to help tribal youth. Mindy Baxter youth coordinator for PAADA said that the community accountability board is a diversion program for tribal youth that get in trouble with law enforcement to hold them accountable. She said the restorative practices will work to have students take part in changing their behavior by working with adults and school personnel. This helps the students that have gotten in trouble to be held accountable and improve their behavior. This is something that has been shown successful nationwide and there is hope to get this type of program in each of the Lincoln County schools
On September 04, 2014 at about 8:30 AM, deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a deceased female at a residence in the 200 block of SE Bagley Street, Siletz. Deputies, assisted by a Toledo Police Department officer, discovered that Shannon Tolman, age 34 of Siletz, was deceased on the floor of the home.
Deputies began an investigation, but were not able to determine the cause and manner of her death. The time and circumstances of her death were unclear, which resulted in the response of the Lincoln County Major Crime Team. The investigation determined that there was no apparent foul play involved, but a toxicology and autopsy are still pending to help determine manner and cause of death.
The Lincoln County Major Crime Team, composed of members from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Newport Police Department, the Lincoln City Police Department, Toledo Police Department, Oregon State Police, and the District Attorney’s Office conducted an investigation assisted by the Oregon State Police Crime Lab and the Lincoln County Medical Examiner.
The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners met recently with the Siletz City Council to discuss issues of interest and concern for the county and city. The first item brought up was about law enforcement. Mayor John Robinson said now that they don’t have the Toledo police coverage in Siletz the citizens are seeing more Sheriff’s Deputies in town. “Is this the normal amount of service to the area?” Lt. Carey with the Sheriff’s Office pointed out that the reason citizens are seeing more deputies is because the crime rate is high and they are responding to more complaint calls in Siletz.
“We just had someone assaulted with a baseball bat at a park, there have been multiple assaults, domestics, sex crimes and trespasses.” Lt. Carey added “It’s been extremely busy out here. So it’s not that your seeing deputies out here on regular patrol, the crime rate is high so we are busy out here.” said this has made it difficult as it has reduced how much deputies can be in other parts of the county. According to Lt. Carey on average he has three deputies that cover the entire county. He pointed out that others are frustrated because when the east area deputy spends more time in Siletz it takes away from other citizens needing help. Continue reading
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is providing an opportunity for hunters to harvest waterfowl on a portion of Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). “Waterfowl hunting has been not been offered on any part of Siletz Bay Refuge since it was established in 1991, but now we are opening 199 acres to this wildlife-dependent opportunity which helps fulfill refuge objectives developed as part of the Siletz Bay Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan,” stated Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Specifically, the Service will begin allowing hunting of ducks, geese, and coots on October 4, 2014 seven days per week on refuge-owned lands that are west of Highway 101. These lands consist of 80 acres of salt marsh where the Siletz River empties into the bay. Waterfowl hunting has occurred on the state-owned tidelands of Siletz Bay west of U.S Highway 101 for many decades. The tidelands are managed by the Oregon Division of State Lands and are legally open to hunting so long as the hunter remains 200 yards or more from the shoreline/road. The Service has established a 100-yard safety zone to prohibit hunting on refuge property that extends westward from the refuge property line on the west side of the housing development of Siletz Keys.
The Service will allow the hunting of waterfowl three days per week on 119 acres of refuge lands that are east of Highway 101 and south of Millport Slough. Specifically, hunters will be allowed to hunt ducks, geese, and coots on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Hunters accessing lands east of U.S. Highway 101 and south of Millport Slough will access the site by using a small parking area and trail located on South Millport Slough Road or by boat. In the future, the existing parking area and trail will be improved by the Service to support waterfowl hunting. To minimize potential conflict between refuge users and reduce associated safety issues, lands south of Millport Slough that are open to waterfowl hunting will remain closed to wildlife observation, photography, and interpretation. Hunters accessing lands west of U.S. Highway 101 via foot will be directed to use caution since no parking or official access point will be provided by the Refuge. Continue reading