While the Fall months offer the best crabbing opportunities in our local bays, crabbing is open year round in our bays. The Yaquina and Alsea bays are the most productive in Lincoln County. With the addition of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to Yaquina Bay, it is important to understand where it is safe to place crab traps or anchor boats. NOAA Ships are very large vessels that need to operate in the dredged channels, so other vessels should not interfere with their ingress and egress to the bay. Listed below are suggestions and rules which apply to placement of crab traps and anchoring boats.
• Place crab traps or rings outside the navigational channel.
• Use appropriate rope/line for depth of water. A rope too long for the depth of water may float on top creating a navigational hazard. If your rope is too long for the depth of water a small weight attached between the float and trap will help keep it under the surface.
• Add weight to the trap which will help prevent it from “walking” or moving with the strong tidal flows.Each year, improper anchoring is the cause of injury and death. Swift currents, high flows and cold water make the following anchoring procedures imperative. Please be aware that strong tidal currents change approximately every six (6) hours. Continue reading
On September 11, 2014, at 7:00 AM, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives contacted Quentin G. Stanhope at his residence at 257 S.E. Surf Ave., Lincoln City regarding an ongoing forgery investigation. Stanhope was taken into custody without incident. Stanhope was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail and charged with Forgery I, Theft I and Identity Theft. His bail has been set at $1.5 million.
Detectives executed a search warrant of Stanhope’s residence and business, Q-Tax & Bookkeeping Services, located in Lincoln City. Further victims of Forgery may be developed and this investigation is ongoing.
Investigators believe that the suspect in custody is using a false name and his real identity is currently unknown. He has been using the name Quentin G. Stanhope since around 2005. The suspect is an avid Sherlock Holmes fan and the name he is using is also a character in a Sherlock Holmes book. It is believed he may have ties in Massachusetts and or Florida.
If anyone has any information about his real identity they should contact Detective David Boys with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 541-265-4277 X0668. Detectives with the Newport Police Department, Lincoln City Police Department and the Social Security Administration assisted in this investigation. Continue reading
Teams from the Lincoln County Health and Human Services Division are still investigating the cause of E-coli infection in North County. The investigation began after a 4-year-old girl from Otis died from an E. coli related infection Monday at Oregon Health & Science University hospital in Portland and a 5-year old boy is sick with what is suspected to be the same E-coli infection. The E-coli strain that killed the little girl has been identified as 0157.
The routine response of public health officials to such reports according to Dr. David Long Lincoln County Health Officer is to interview patients, family members and close contacts of cases to ascertain potential sources of exposure to illness-causing bacteria, which he said the county health teams have done. Dr. Paul Cieslak medical director with the Oregon Health Authority said they get many reports of E-Coli infections throughout the state every year. “Let me emphasize that these cases are coming up all the time. We have logged 103 cases of E-coli in Oregon this year.”
Dr. Long stated that the health department teams went to the local area restaurant where the two children shared a Turkey sandwich and did a complete inspection and found that the restaurant was in compliance and did not find anything at that time linking the cause of the E-coli to the restaurant. Lincoln County health and human services along with the Oregon Health Authority continue to emphasize the importance of washing hands after using the restroom, be careful of cross contamination of meat products and produce and cook meats thoroughly. Young children and the elderly are the most susceptible to this type of E-coli infection. Health officials say there is no concern for public safety at this time. For more information go to the Lincoln county health and human services website. www.lincolncountyhealth.com
With the support of new funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) will expand its technological research and environmental monitoring efforts, and add a new partner – the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The center was previously a partnership of Oregon State University and the University of Washington, but will now collaborate with experts in Alaska, a state with some of the greatest wave and tidal energy resources in the nation. The partnership will also enable researchers to learn more about the energy potential of large, flowing rivers.
The DOE announced last week that it will contribute up to $4 million for continued NNMREC research programs, and that NNMREC faculty will also share in another $3.25 million grant to improve “water power” technologies that convert the energy of waves, tides, rivers and ocean currents into electricity.
“We’re extremely excited about the opportunity to add Alaska Fairbanks to our program,” said Belinda Batten, director of NNMREC and a professor in the OSU College of Engineering. “Alaska has an enormous energy resource, both in its coastal waves, tidal currents and powerful rivers,” she said. “Partnering with Alaska Fairbanks will allow us to expand the scope of our energy research and tap into additional expertise, to more quickly move wave, tidal, and river energy closer to commercial use.”
The new funding will allow NNMREC to develop an improved system for real-time wave forecasting; create robotic devices to support operations and maintenance; design arrays that improve the performance of marine energy conversion devices; improve subsea power transmission systems; and standardize approaches for wildlife monitoring. Federal officials said the overall goal is to reduce the technical, economic and environmental barriers to deployment of new marine energy conversion devices. Continue reading