Bob Welch Talks About His Book, Cascade Summer



Oregon author Bob Welch comes to Newport Thursday, April 24, to talk about Newport Reads! selection, Cascade Summer: My Adventure on Oregon’s Pacific Crest Trail. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. followed by book signing in the auditorium of the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
Welch is the award-winning writer of nearly 2000 columns for the Eugene Register-Guard and 15 books. Books are available at the library, local book stores are selling them, and copies will be for sale after the talk.

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Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

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April 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. PAADA (Partnership Against Alcohol  and Drug Abuse), Local Law Enforcement and the DEA give the public an opportunity to safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescriptions drugs.

 PAADA, Local Law Enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for safe disposal to Rx Drop Boxes located at
Police Departments in
Newport, Toledo and Lincoln City; and in Waldport from 10-2 at the Sheriff’s Office Sub-Station (located behind Waldport City Hall).

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Continue reading

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New Tropical Fish At Oregon Coast Community College.

Something fishy has recently arrived at the Oregon Coast Community College. A new group of live tropical marine fish was added to the Aquarium Science facility as part of a laboratory activity in the Aquarium Science Program’s Fish and Invertebrate Health Management class. As a result of a generous donation from Quality Marine, a tropical fish wholesale company based in Los Angeles, the new fish as part of a quarantine project in the class.


clip_image00222Aquarium Science student Drew Shelquist, from Minnesota, carefully inspects the condition of the new fish that arrived at OCCC from Quality Marine (Los Angeles, CA). In preparation for shipping, two bags are placed inside each other (double-bagged), then water is added up to 1/3 of the bag. Fish are then added and the remaining space is filled with pure oxygen before the bag is sealed. All fish arrived alive and well.

The quarantine laboratory exercise included instruction about how to properly receive, acclimate and introduce specimens into a newly constructed fish quarantine system in the facility. The quarantine system was installed earlier in the year by students enrolled in the Life Support Systems Design and Operation class. The aquarium system was specifically developed to support hands-on activities and projects in the program’s curriculum. “A major goal of the Aquarium Science Program is to provide numerous hands-on practical experiences, for the students, as they relate to the program’s courses. Operating fully functional aquarium systems with live animals, which the students built, are essential in preparing the students to enter the aquarium science industry workforce after graduating from the program”, said Chris Spaulding, the Aquarium Science Program Director.

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Power of Newport  (2-1-12 through 1/31/14)

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April 19, 2014 · 11:33 am

Depoe Bay Councilor Regrets Vote On Marijuana Moratorium

By Larry Coonrod
Lincoln County Dispatch.Com

‘I’m Ashamed of Myself,’ Depoe Bay Councilor Declares After Marijuana Vote photo by Larry Coonrod

‘I’m Ashamed of Myself,’ Depoe Bay Councilor Declares After Marijuana Vote
photo by Larry Coonrod

DEPOE BAY—After some arm-twisting behind closed doors, Councilor Brent Berry on Tuesday flipped his vote that had blocked a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Berry’s reversal came just moments after an impassioned speech on the importance of the dispensaries to cancer patients and those dealing with chronic pain issues.

“If we can do anything to help the citizens of Depoe Bay, we should open up to it,” Berry said. “There is more and more proof that medical marijuana helps people with cancer and people with glaucoma.”

Berry and Councilor Barbara Leff voted against imposing a moratorium banning dispensaries in the city limits until May 1, 2015. The two councilors’ no votes left the city in a tricky parliamentary position.

To adopt the ordinance, the council essentially needed to vote twice on it. With a unanimous first vote, it could take the second vote the same night. The 5-2 split meant the council would have to wait until its May 6 meeting for the second vote.

Under state law, local governments face a May 1, 2014 deadline to declare a moratorium. Continue reading

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New Lincoln City Police Officer Sworn In

By Larry Coonrod
Lincoln County Dispatch.Com

photo by Larry Coonrod

photo by Larry Coonrod

LINCOLN CITY—With her husband, parents, best friend and several police officers in attendance, Jayne Johnson was sworn in as the city’s newest police officer Monday afternoon.

It was a goal several years in the making for Johnson.

“Serve and protect is part of my DNA,” she said moments after taking her oath. “It’s just a natural thing for me. It’s who I am.”

Johnson comes to Lincoln City by way of Clackamas, Ore. Although not a certified police officer, she is no stranger to law enforcement or the criminal justice system. She volunteered her time with the Gladstone Emergency Management Support Team, supervised by Gladstone Police Chief Jim Pryde.

She also volunteers for the Clackamas County Victim’s Assistance Office where she advocated for victims of violent crimes. Continue reading

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Mussel Closure

musselsThe Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the closure of all mussel harvesting from Tillamook Head in Clatsop County to the north jetty of Yaquina Bay at Newport on the central Oregon Coast, due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins. The closure includes mussels found on the beaches, rocks, jetties, and bay entrances in this section of the Oregon Coast.

Coastal scallops are not affected by this closure when only the adductor muscle is eaten. The consumption of recreationally caught whole scallops is not recommended. Crab are not affected by this level of toxin and are safe to eat. All areas on the Oregon Coast north of Tillamook Head and south of Yaquina Bay’s north jetty remain open to all recreational and commercial shellfish harvesting.

Shellfish contaminated with paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs) can cause minor to severe illness or even death. The symptoms usually begin with tingling of the mouth and tongue. Severe poisoning can result in dizziness, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, paralysis of the arms and legs, and paralysis of the muscles used for breathing.

Cooking will not destroy the shellfish toxins. Shellfish toxins are produced by algae and usually originate in the ocean. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins weekly, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.

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