By Larry Coonrod
Harbor seals at a haul out spot in Alsea Bay. A team of researchers plan to spend two to three days capturing up to 15 seals in the bay and fitting them with telemetry devices. It’s part of a project to see how hypoxia, more commonly known as ocean dead zones, affect harbor seals. (File photo)
WALDPORT—Anglers and other Alsea Bay visitors may notice boats and a large group of people capturing seals this week. Not to be alarmed, it’s all part of an Oregon State University research project and the seals will be returned to the bay unharmed. Researchers from the Oregon State University Marine Mammals Institute and the Moss Landing Marine Lab from San Jose State University plan to capture seals in Alsea Bay Tuesday and Wednesday and possibly Thursday for research on how ocean hypoxia also known as ocean dead zones, affect harbor seals.
OSU scientist Markus Horning says researchers will work around low tide near the beaches where the animals usually hang out. They plan to catch up to 15 seals to collect small tissue samples and to glue telemetry transmitters to the fur on their heads. The transmitters will stay in place for 6 to 9 months, until the seals molt or the glue degrades. Harbors seals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the research team has a federal permit from the National Marine Fisheries Service to capture the animals. Captures will happen in the water using seine nets deployed from two boats, or on the shore using hoop nets where the seals usually haul out and will involve a team of 12 to 16 people. Horning says experienced veterinarian staff will be on hand to ensure the wellbeing and safety of the seals. Continue reading
Seashore Family Literacy is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Redtail Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. These funds support a new position that will help Seashore cement a firm operational and financial system for the future. Seashore Family Literacy is pleased to announce the selection of Heide Lambert to become the Waldport based non-profit organization’s Executive Director. Ms. Lambert will be primarily responsible for grant writing, fund-raising and business services. Senitila McKinley, founder of Seashore, will remain in charge of all client related programs offered by the agency.
Ms. Lambert, a Waldport resident, brings experience in business management, non-profit fund raising and grant writing. She is a former AmeriCorps volunteer and graduate of Washington’s Evergreen State College in Olympia. She served as the Board Chair of The Old Hotel Art Gallery in Othello, Washington before moving to Oregon where she became the General Manager for Rogue Brewery in Newport.
“I am super excited and so grateful for this opportunity to use my life experiences and knowledge in collaboration with our local youth, families and one of the most creative and caring community organizations on the Oregon Coast. I am very thankful for Senitila’s generous mentorship and look forward to learning a great deal while working beside her and each of the dedicated volunteers in building a stronger foundation for Seashore Family Literacy’s long future.”
“We are pleased to add Heide to our family at Seashore. She brings experience, creativity and enthusiasm,” said Senitila McKinley. The mission of the Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships. Seashore is eligible to apply for continuation funding for the executive director project for two more years.
On Wednesday, August 13th, Oregon Wildlife presented Lincoln County with a “check” for $35,000 to celebrate the recent acquisition of a 10 acre parcel of frontage in the Tidewater reach of the Alsea River. Oregon Wildlife’s donation helped the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife make the purchase but the property, soon to become a park and boat launch, will be developed and managed by Lincoln County through a long-term lease agreement with the Department.
“We’re pleased to have the support of many individuals and businesses including Lindsay Ball, Steve Stewart, Jon Englund and Englund Marine, Dahl Disposal Service, and Bob Jacobson. These donors and others making a gift of $250 or more will be recognized on a kiosk at the park once construction is completed. Our single largest donor also has the opportunity to name the boat launch” said Tim Greseth, Oregon Wildlife’s Executive Director Oregon Wildlife is accepting donations toward the acquisition until the end of this year. At that time, a name for the boat launch will be selected.
“We hope a few more individuals and companies will step forward and show their support for this exciting project on the Alsea. There has been, for some time, a real need for improved access to one of Oregon’s best fishing streams and the proposed public boat launch facility fits the bill” said Greseth. Tentative plans for the property include a boat launch, 30 stall boat and trailer parking lot with additional parking stalls, restroom facilities, and an improved dock.
Oregon Wildlife empowers the lasting conservation of fish and wildlife and the enjoyment of our natural resources. Tax-deductible donations can be made securely through Oregon Wildlife’s website at www.owhf.org/support or by mail to Oregon Wildlife, P. O. Box 30406, Portland, Oregon 97294-3406; reference “Alsea River Boat Launch Project”
Information and photo provided by Casey Miller Lincoln County PIO
By Kiera Morgan
Seashore Family Literacy Center received a $20,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation to hire a part time director. The goal is to strengthen operations, develop a service strategy, secure stable funding and building the board. Seashore will be able to reapply for $18,000 in the second year and $16,000 in the third year. Seashore Family Literacy is a community-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children, adults and families improve reading, writing, math, computer and communication skills.
Their goal is to equip, encourage and empower others to enhance their lives and communities. Since 1992 Seashore has worked within the challenged communities of south Lincoln County. Seashore recently took over the old Waldport Middle school cafeteria and gym. The goal is to utilize the space for community meals and to provide after school activities for middle and high school students. Those interested in applying for the position can get more information and a complete job description and qualifications online at the website by clicking on the banner at the top of the page. Look under the what’s new category at the bottom of the page. The goal is to have a new director hired by September 1st.
An alert Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputy found a vehicle Thursday morning down an embankment off Highway 34 belonging to an elderly Waldport man reported missing the day before to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The man was rescued from his vehicle northeast of Alsea and taken to a Corvallis hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating the crash and the man’s family was notified that he was found safe.
On July 24, 2014 at approximately 10:44 a.m., Benton County Deputy Chris Dale was patrolling along Highway 34 near milepost 51 checking for signs of a vehicle belonging to a missing elderly Waldport man. On July 23, BCSO, OSP and area law enforcement agencies received a report that the vehicle belonged to a reported missing/endangered man named JON W. CULTON, age 80, from Waldport. Continue reading
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