High school students from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz recently worked alongside Siuslaw National Forest staff on projects throughout the central coast. The Tribal Youth Employment Experience (TYEE) program expanded its existing summer job skills offerings into the area of natural resources for the first time this summer. Students spent time working with agencies including the BLM, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Siuslaw National Forest, and tribal natural resource experts.
“It was important to expand this program into natural resource fields,” stated Ian Keene, Youth Initiative Coordinator for the Siletz Tribe. “Students spent the summer doing meaningful work, and were exposed to so many possible career paths. They really loved being involved in so many fascinating things happening right here on the Oregon Coast.”
Students started their week-long journey at Cape Perpetua, where Sitka spruce rainforests meet the Pacific Ocean, and where the Forest Service meets visitors from around the world. Students worked with field ranger interns and volunteers who connect the public to these Forest resources.
Students went on to work with fisheries biologist, Paul Burns on a watershed impacted from agriculture and logging. The goal is to restore Coho salmon populations and the host of ecosystem services that a healthy watershed provides. They battled the threats of invasive species at the Sand Lake Research area with forest botanist Marty Stein, pulling scotch broom to allow native plants to thrive, and in turn, sustain a unique ecosystem. Continue reading
Friday 9/5 State Police Trooper Kehr received a complaint that some hunters were trespassing on Hancock Forest Management property on Neskowin Creek. He contacted an archery hunter returning to the gate with some of his family and friends who had assisted him in packing out a spike elk he had killed. Trooper Kehr explained to them that Hancock lands are currently closed to all public entry for fire season, as it stated on the sign posted at the gate. The hunter who killed the elk 51-year old Michael Hokanson of Amity was cited and released for Criminal Trespass, and the spike elk was seized. The subjects who helped pack out the elk were warned for trespass.
Earlier that week on 9/3 Trooper Kehr responded to another trespass complaint with Sgt Thompson on Camp 12 near Siletz. This land is owned by Plum Cr. Timber and is currently also closed to all entry for fire season. A short time later the troopers contacted a bow hunter on the property walking back to his vehicle that was parked at the locked gate identified as 30-year old Joseph Lane of Siletz. He reported to Troopers that he was not aware the land was closed, and stated he did not see the “No Trespassing” sign posted at the gate. Lane was cited and released for Criminal Trespass II. Hunters are reminded that many private timberlands are closed right now due to high fire danger.
photo courtesy of CTSI
The community is invited to join Siletz Tribal members and friends today through Sunday for the 19th Annual Run to the Rogue. This event is a 234-mile relay run/walk in memory of the Siletz Tribal ancestors who were forcibly removed from their homeland in Rogue River country in the mid-1800s and marched north to Siletz and the confinements of the Coast Reservation. This annual relay run is the closest today’s Tribal members can come to their ancestors’ experience on the journey from their homeland. The run began in Siletz this morning (9/5) at the Tribal Community Center and ends Sunday, Sept. 7, at Oak Flat on the Rogue River. Lunch then will be served at Cougar Lane Lodge, on Agness Road. Volunteers are welcome to run, walk or help out with camp setup, cleanup, cooking and other areas. Youth can participate but need a designated adult committed to traveling and camping with the youth. Camping sites, meals and runners’ support and refreshments are provided along the route. For more information, contact Buddy Lane, cultural education director, at 800-922-1399, ext. 1230, or 541-444-8230; or email@example.com.
By Larry Coonrod
LINCOLN CITY—Although Lincoln County as a whole has seen an upward economic trend in the past decade, Lincoln City’s average household income remains significantly less than that of Newport. In 2012, annual household income averaged $47,000 Newport and $30,000 in Lincoln City. What’s more, median income grew by nearly $5,000 in Newport between 2000 and 2012 while declining by about $3,000 in Lincoln City. The median income in Siletz fell from $50,000 to $37,000 over the same period. In fact, Newport was the only city in the county where the median income actually increased significantly.That’s all according to a $20,000 economic study commissioned by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and completed by The Research Group, LLC based in Corvallis.
The widening income gap came as Lincoln City’s population grew by 9 percent while Newport showed a 5 percent growth. “All boats don’t float equally on the incoming tide,” said Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson. The mayor questioned whether enough of the county’s economic development efforts are going toward the northern end of the county. Anderson noted that Lincoln City accounts for a higher percentage of the county’s assessed property value than Newport, despite a much lower median income.
“And then I look at where are county services centered and how do we utilize them and north county people end up travelling to Newport,” he said. A lack of affordable housing hampers the city’s ability to attract businesses and employees, Anderson added. Anderson is challenging County Commissioner Terry Thompson in the November election in part on a platform that areas outside of Newport need better representation.
The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund distributed $388,745.90 to 30 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 $8.9 million since its inception in 2001.
Overall, the Tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $11.3 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 Sept. 17, 2014. Eligibility for money from the charitable fund is limited to two categories:
Entities and activities located in the Siletz Tribe’s 11-county service area (Lincoln, Tillamook, Linn, Lane, Benton, Polk, Yamhill, Marion, Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties)
- Native American entities and activities located anywhere in the United States
Applications and requirements can be obtained at ctsi.nsn.us/charitable-contribution-fund; by calling Rosie Williams at 800-922-1399, ext. 1227, or 541-444-8227; or by mailing Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, P.O. Box 549, Siletz, OR 97380-0549. Applications can be submitted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading
An investigation involving officers from the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT), Oregon State Police (OSP) HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) team, and Idaho State Police led to the arrest earlier this month of two people in Siletz, Oregon. The investigation stemmed from a traffic stop by Idaho State Police and linked the two listed suspects to a marijuana distribution network originating in Oregon with large quantities destined for Texas. The ongoing investigation has reached a point that information is being released.
On December 2, 2013, LINT detectives and OSP HIDTA team members became involved in the investigation after two male subjects were stopped by Idaho State Police just over the Oregon border and found to be in possession of over 30 pounds of marijuana. An interagency investigation led to a search warrant being served at 485 Fred Taylor Road in Siletz, Oregon, where the marijuana originated from.
Detectives and officers from OSP and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office seized approximately 46 ounces of marijuana, two firearms, a Honey (hash) Oil lab, and other evidence related to the distribution of marijuana. Detectives learned that large quantities of marijuana were collected from several medical marijuana locations in Lincoln and Lane counties for shipment both by courier and through UPS and FedEx. At the time of serving the search warrant, a 7-year old boy was in the residence along with three adults. Continue reading
Anthony Mendibles was found guilty of 10 out of 20 counts of kidnap and sexual assault among others against three victims on December 10th. He was sentenced on Friday by Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge Branford to over 20-years in prison and must register as a sex offender when he is released. On 9 of the other charges against him there was a hung jury and 1 not guilty. According to court documents the charges are the resulted from when he gave a victim a ride home from a bar and instead took her to Green Thumb Park where he sexually assaulted, beat, and threatened to kill the victim. Deputy District Attorney Michelle Branum stated that he showed the behavior of a sexual predator with very little regard for women. She added that he chose his victims based on their character and reputations counting on the fact that they would not come forward as they would be challenged.
During the sentencing one of the victims addressed the court and Mendibles she said that he hurt many people including his family and friends. She called him a predator and a bully. Mendibles also addressed the court and spoke of his family and commitments to community, having coached little league and football. He said he is a caring and loving family man and is still in shock over the conviction. Upon giving the sentence Judge Branford told Mendibles that the jury convicted him on his actions not on what he may have done in his life. He was only condemned for his criminal conduct. He also thanked the jury.
He told Mendibles that he chose each of his victims, got them intoxicated and took advantage of them. He looked for easy prey and didn’t count on his last victim having the strength to come forward. When she fought back against him and screamed he told her that if she screamed again he would drown her. Before sentencing Judge Branford said “Women need and deserve to be protected from men like you”. With that Mendibles was sentenced to over 20-years in the state penitentiary. There is a possibility there will be another trial on the 9 counts that the jury was hung on. There is also the opportunity for his lawyer to appeal.