By Larry Coonrod
NEWPORT—More than 200 people braved high winds and sideways rain to attend the Lincoln County Emergency Readiness Fair Saturday where they received the sobering news that in a major natural disaster they will be on their own for a long time. “The whole point of this is moving our citizens and our culture out of a sense of denial to awareness of what their hazards are,” said Lincoln County Emergency Manager Jenny Demaris. This is the third year the county has sponsored the readiness fair. Emergency response officials drove home the message that in the event of a major disaster, coastal residents will be on their own for days, if not weeks.
Demaris says the magnitude of devastation wrought by a large Cascadia subduction zone earthquake and resulting tsunami is on an almost unimaginable scale. A 9.0 earthquake would destroy much of the infrastructure on the coast and wreak havoc on transportation routes and population centers in the Willamette Valley. “There are not enough resources in the United States to effectively provide for the citizens in the impacted area,” Demaris said. “We will have to rely on our global partners to meet the needs of what’s going to happen.” Continue reading
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Community Meeting on Thursday, October 30, 2014. This is the 18th community meeting hosted by Sheriff Dennis Dotson and his leadership team since 2006. This community meeting will be held at the Otis Fire Hall (381 Old Scenic Hwy, Otis) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sheriff Dotson notes, “The meeting is being held in Otis, but citizens from around the county are invited to attend.”
Citizens will meet and hear from the Sheriff and all of his Commanders. Topics to be discussed include:
• 911 services
• Deputy Sheriff duties and staffing
• Animal Shelter activities and services
• Support Services Functions
• Jail operations and Inmate management
Questions that will be asked of attendees include:
• How do you obtain information about the Sheriff’s Office?
• How satisfied are you with the Sheriff’s Office?
• Do you think the Sheriff’s Office has enough presence in your area?
• What do you believe the Sheriff’s Office should be doing?
• What services should be provided?
• How can we keep you better informed about the activities performed by the Sheriff’s Office?
“We need our citizen’s input and assistance if we are to provide effective services”, stated Sheriff Dotson.
Light refreshments will be served.
UPDATE: According to State Police Ms Garner was located safely just after 10am on 10/29.
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue and Lincoln County area emergency responders, are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 33-year old woman last seen Tuesday night in Lincoln Beach, a small community north of Depoe Bay.
ELIZABETH (Betsy) ANNE GARNER, age 33, was reportedly last seen October 28, 2014 at approximately 8:00 p.m. at Fishing Rock State Park in Lincoln Beach where she was dropped off by a co-worker. She is presently living in the Gleneden Beach area.
GARNER is described as a white female, 5’11” tall, 155 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a gray jacket over a blue shirt, black pants, and may or may not have shoes on.
OSP was notified on October 29 at approximately 12:13 a.m. A search was started involving OSP troopers and detectives, Gleneden Beach Fire District, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Search & Rescue personnel, and Lincoln City Police Department. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was scheduled to join the area search at daylight.
Anyone with information regarding the location of GARNER is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888 or 9-1-1.
Brian Hoeh will be introduced as the new manager at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center with an Open House and meet and greet on Thursday, October 30 at 4:30 p.m. Brian has served as the Supervisor and Interpretive Lead for the Siuslaw National Forest Valuing People and Places Field Ranger program since 2013. His professional background includes working for the National Park Service at Oregon Caves and serving the U.S. Coast Guard. He recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources Management from Oregon State University.
“We are both fortunate and excited to have Brian coming in as the new manager, “stated Dave Thompson, Siuslaw National Forest Interpretive Specialist and Cape Perpetua Scenic Area Program Manager. “Brian brings a wealth of experience and vision to this position, opening the doors with new ideas and services to enhance positive visitor experiences,” added Thompson.
“I look forward to the opportunity to share this unique and fascinating part our Forest with visitors from around the world. It will be an honor to work with all of the talented volunteers who run the Visitor Center; they care so much about this place and provide an outstanding service to visitors, “said Brian Hoeh, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center Manager. Continue reading
The newly established Green Cord Program at Taft High 7-12 in Lincoln City encourages students to better their community through volunteerism – and local non-profit entities are invited to participate as recipients of this selfless service. Under the Green Cord Community Service Award Program, freshmen, sophomores and juniors who document 100 hours of community service in an academic year will receive special recognition at the end of the year. In addition, graduating seniors who complete 100 hours of service will receive a green honor cord to wear during graduation as a symbol of their achievement. Any community organization looking for high school volunteers may go online to fill out a contact form.
This information will be verified and posted on a “help wanted” board for student volunteer opportunities. The process is being overseen by the school counselors. One counselor, Vicky Roller, credits the school district’s secondary education director, Eric Clendenin, for this innovative idea.
“He has brought fresh and exciting ideas to our district, and is driven by student success,” Roller says. “Eric has been integral in raising expectations and providing support and opportunities to our students.”
For complete information about the program and summary of requirements, go online to: http://taftgreencord.weebly.com. For non-profits that are seeking teen volunteers to help with a specific project, click on “Request Volunteers/Contact” link and fill out the Request for Volunteers form.