New Waldport Food Pantry (photo by Larry Coonrod)
Waldport Food Pantry has moved into their new home on Crestline Drive. Chris Plummer pantry manager said they are very excited to be moving into their new home. She said they outgrew their building because of the need and joined forces with the South Lincoln Resources and the free clothing program in Waldport. They all held fundraisers and applied for grants over the past 8-years and now the organizations have a new building to call home.
Plummer said this is good news for those in need in South County as they will be able to keep and store more food for their clients. She said the South county area always has an ongoing need for food, especially during this time of year. She said the expanded space allows them to accept more dairy and fresh produce items. The new location is at 3710 Crestline Drive past the school and the college. The days and hours will remain the same on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 and the first Saturday of the month from 11-1. Those interested in donating can contact Chris at 541 270-7869.
School is back in session, and that means that quality affordable health care for Lincoln County students is as close as the nearest high school. For more than two decades, Taft, Toledo, Newport and Waldport High Schools have been home to full-service health care clinics that provide a complete range of behavioral health and physical health services, including immunizations, to Lincoln County school district students.
Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade are served at these centers and fees are determined on a sliding scale based on the ability to pay. The clinics are operated by the Lincoln County Health and Human Services Department’s (HHS) Lincoln Community Health Center and are the result of a long-term partnership between the County and the Lincoln County School District. “The clinics provide important, and sometimes life-saving, services to local students,” said Commissioner Terry Thompson, a long-time advocate for the clinics who once served on a state advisory committee for school based health centers. Continue reading
On November 21, 2014 at approximately 5:15 a.m. Corrections Corporal Deb Evertt was working in the booking area of the Lincoln County Jail when Inmate Anthony Wright became uncooperative and refused to answer necessary questions during the intake process. Wright refused several directives to return to his cell, and was then escorted to his cell by staff. As Wright approached his cell door, he extended his arm and lunged his body forward striking the door with his open hand.
The action displayed by Inmate Wright caused Corporal Evertt’s forearm to become trapped between the cell door and the concrete wall. Corporal Evertt was treated and released from the hospital. Inmate Wright remains in custody and was charged with Assault on a Public Safety Officer, in addition to the other prior pending charges of DUII; Hit/Run x 2; Attempt to Elude a Police Officer; Assault III and Reckless Drive. Current bail is set in the amount of $175,000.
On November 20, 2014 at approximately 8:22pm, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a reported hit and run traffic crash (with injury) at Ray’s Food Place in Waldport, Oregon. Deputies were advised the suspect vehicle was a red 1996 Chevrolet Blazer and was last seen fleeing the scene. Minutes later, deputies were advised of a second hit and run crash (damage to yard fence) in the 100 block of SW Maple Street involving the same vehicle.
A Sheriff’s Deputy located the vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lane of travel on Highway 101 and followed it as it turned east onto Highway 34. The vehicle had lost its driver’s side front tire and was traveling on the rim. The deputy initiated a stop on the vehicle by activating his overhead emergency lights and siren but the vehicle failed to stop and continued eastbound. The deputy continued to pursue the vehicle until it came to a stop near the intersection of Highway 34 and Spring Street.
The deputy conducted a high risk traffic stop and gave verbal commands to the driver of the vehicle. The driver was non-compliant with the commands and moved toward the deputy ignoring his commands to stay where he was. The deputy deployed a Taser on the driver which successfully stopped the driver’s movement and kept him contained on the ground until a second deputy arrived on scene. The driver was taken into custody without further incident by the deputies. Continue reading
PUD reports that power is back on in the California Street Neighborhood.
Central Lincoln PUD reported there was a power outage from South Beach to Yachats around 3:30 am on Wednesday November 12, due to a downed tree. Nearly 7,000 customers were out of power. PUD crews had the power restored within two hours. Crews are working on another outage just north of Yachats. Every home should have an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, battery operated radio and clock, extra batteries and non perishable foods plus a manual can opener, bottled water and warm blankets. Candles should not be used for extended periods of time and should never be left unattended.Never use kerosene or propane heaters inside without proper ventilation.
They create dangerous fumes.Power crews advise that if your power is out you should turn on your porch light switch. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area of the power failure to see if lights are on. During a power outage as much as possible, do not open refrigerators and freezers–they will keep food and perishables inside cold for some time if not opened. Check on your neighbors, especially those who may need special assistance. Protect your pipes during freezing weather by wrapping them with insulation. Also, leave faucets dripping so water won’t freeze and crack the pipes. If you experience a power outage call the PUD outage line at 1-866-484-3783.
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.
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