The 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
There will be memory activities held today (4/10) at Taft 7-12 in Lincoln City and at Waldport High School for the two students who were killed in two separate car crashes last weekend. Taft students and staff will be remembering 18-year old senior Cayden Fitch and Waldport students and staff will be remembering 18-year old senior Makala Osborn. Students and staff will be sharing photos and memories and writing special messages for the families. Some students from Taft are also holding a memory bonfire on the beach tomorrow night for Cayden.
A fund has been set up to help the family of State Police Trooper Bryan Fitch to pay for funeral expenses for Cayden and help with medical bills for Bryan during his recovery process. The fund is set up at US Bank under Bryan Fitch.
OSP has set up a Go Fund Me account for the Fitch family. This is the link http://www.gofundme.com/86snkg.
A fund has also been set up to help the family of Makala. An account at the internet “Go Fund Me” fundraiser website.
When students and staff at Taft High and Waldport High return to school on Monday, crisis response teams will be in place to help them through the process of grieving for the loss of two students over the weekend.
Cayden Fitch, a senior at Taft High in Lincoln City, and Makala Osborn, a senior at Waldport High, were killed in two separate auto accidents over the weekend.
“Our school community is grieving at this unspeakable loss of two bright young people,” said Superintendent Tom Rinearson. “Cayden was an Eagle Scout preparing to entering military service after graduation. Makala was an accomplished student athlete who was preparing herself for college.”
Using the crisis response process, a care room will be established help support students at each school. Additional people will be available to help support the staff. The crisis response team will remain at each school as needed to help the school community heal. “This is a time for all of us to join together to support each other,” Rinearson said.
photos from KOIN 6
On April 5, 2014 at approximately 4:46pm, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a traffic crash on E. Canal Creek Road near Milepost 1, approximately 7 miles east of Waldport, Oregon. Witnesses reported seeing a vehicle careening down an approximate fifty foot embankment from Canal Creek Road into the Alsea River. The vehicle was reportedly seen upside down in the river before fully submerging in the water. Witnesses attempted to provide assistance both by boat and by land but were unable to gain access to the vehicle due to being submerged.
Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue responded and requested the interagency rope rescue team. First responders were unable to see into the vehicle due to murky conditions and were unable to gain access to the doors. Bill’s Towing responded to the scene and were able to remove the vehicle from the water. Continue reading
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