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August 31, 2015 · 2:55 pm

Viral Meningitis Found In Lincoln City Child

Lincoln County bannerLincoln County Health and Human Services is confirming that a 6-year-old Lincoln City child has contracted viral meningitis, but officials don’t believe there are additional cases of viral meningitis in the community.  The investigation includes interviews with parents, schools, local doctors and hospitals.

Meningitis refers to inflammation of the meninges, the lining around the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation can be caused by a number of things, including various bacteria, viruses and sometimes parasites.

Meningitis caused by viruses is more common than other types of meningitis, and is usually less severe than meningitis caused by bacteria. Many people are able to recover from viral meningitis on their own, without treatment.

Common symptoms in infants may include: fever, irritability, poor eating, sleepiness or trouble waking up from sleep, and a lack of energy. Common symptoms in adults: fever, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to bright light, sleepiness or trouble waking up from sleep, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, and a lack of energy. Most people with viral meningitis usually get better on their own within 7 to 10 days.

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Intoxicated Waldport Man Faces Multiple Charges After Crash

On August 28, 2015, at approximately 2:15 pm, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle traffic crash on South Crestline Drive at the intersection of Hospital Hill Road in Waldport. A witness reported the male driver was acting belligerent, waving a stick like object at passing motorists, and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The driver had left the scene prior to deputies arriving, but he was located a short distance from the scene and soon identified as Edward Paul Holland Dunn, 26, of Waldport. Dunn consented to and failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody for DUII. Continue reading

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ODOT Travel Safety Tips

odotflyingTbanner[1]With many families heading out for end-of-summer road trips, it’s important to remember that buckling up correctly can make all the difference in the world. Between Aug. 24 and Sept. 6, officers with law enforcement agencies around the state will be on the lookout for those who are not using their restraint systems correctly – whether you’re on a long journey or a jaunt to the store. The extra enforcement is funded by a grant from ODOT’s Transportation Safety Division, and safety advocates remind motorists that child passengers are especially vulnerable. Last year in Oregon, six children under age 12 died in crashes, and only one of those was using a child restraint system. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 – 12 years old. Child car seats increase crash survival by 71 percent for infants under one year old and by up to 59 percent for toddlers ages 1 – 4.

Get “back to basics” for safe travels

Though recent statewide observation surveys found 98 percent of Oregon travelers using safety belts or child car seats, there are still those who don’t – and that occurs more often at night. In total for 2014 in Oregon, 61 people who died in crashes were not using any kind of restraint system. Studies show that safety belts reduce the chance of fatal injury in adults by 45 to 65 percent. Getting ‘back to basics’ means buckling up every trip, every time, day and night. And be sure to use child safety seats correctly (see your manufacturer’s guidebook, or visit a safety seat check station); that includes keeping children in booster seats until they fit correctly in an adult restraint system.

Oregon law reminder: Oregon law requires children less than forty pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age eight or 4’ 9” tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly.

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HIGH WIND WARNING

AN UNUSUALLY STRONG LATE AUGUST STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE NORTHWARD ALONG THE COAST LATE TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND PRODUCE STRONG WINDS NEAR THE COAST AND OVER THE ADJACENT COASTAL MOUNTAINS…AND WINDY CONDITIONS IN THE INLAND VALLEYS. …HIGH WIND WATCH UPGRADED TO HIGH WIND WARNING…IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 2 PM PDT SATURDAY FOR THE NORTH OREGON COAST… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 2 PM PDT SATURDAY. THE HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* WINDS: BEACHES AND HEADLANDS…SOUTH WINDS 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH. COASTAL COMMUNITIES…SOUTH WINDS 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS 50 TO 60 MPH.

* TIMING: FROM 6 AM TO 2 PM SATURDAY. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE BETWEEN 7 AM AND NOON.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: ASTORIA…TILLAMOOK.

* IMPACTS: THE WINDS MAY BE STRONG ENOUGH TO DAMAGE TREES AND PRODUCE POWER DISRUPTIONS. THESE WINDS COULD CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR OUTDOOR EVENTS…ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH TEMPORARY OUTDOOR FACILITIES SUCH AS TENTS AND CANOPIES.

* AFFECTED AREAS: NORTH OREGON COAST

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A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

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August 28, 2015 · 1:16 pm

Aquarium Staff Hand Raising Tufted Puffin Chick

Puffin chickWhen a tufted puffin chick hatched in the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Seabird Aviary on July 24, it seemed as if everything was going to plan. The baby bird, nicknamed Stella, weighed in at a healthy 64 grams, and was under the care of experienced parents. By Stella’s day-two checkup, something was clearly amiss. The chick was not gaining weight, as the parents were not delivering fish or brooding the chick to keep it warm as puffin parents should. Following a second day of careful observation, it was clear Stella needed an intervention. The aviculturists brought the chick behind the scenes to be hand raised.

“We do not want Stella to imprint on us, so we limit interactions to feeding and cleaning time, and make adult puffin noises as we feed,” said CJ McCarty, Curator of Birds for the Aquarium. “Stella is so fluffy it is a little hard to resist cuddling, but because we plan to reintegrate this puffin with the population in the Seabird Aviary, minimizing human contact is in its best interest.” During the early days, a heat lamp kept Stella warm, and a feather duster stood in its parents’ stead for snuggling. The Aquarium’s aviculturists fed it every two hours, and even came in late and early to ensure it receives the nourishment it needed. Continue reading

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