Lincoln City Chamber Elects New Board Members

Hatton, HeatherThe Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce announces its Presidential Transition Dinner at Chinook Winds Casino Resort on July 10th at 5:30pm. Outgoing president Dave Price, having completed the one-year term as president, will hand the reigns over to incoming president, Heather Hatton. Hatton is the Public Relations manager of Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

New Chamber board members, Patrick Alexander of Oregon Coast Today, Misty Ness of Bryan P. Fitzsimmons, and Chad Ulrich of Oregon Coast Bank will be seated, as well. They will serve a term of three years. The Directors completing their terms are Susan Wahlke of Andrews Ersoff & Zantello and Chris Waugh of On the Fly.

This event is a BBQ dinner with a cash bar and that will require casual dress. Those dressed in golf attire will be entered into a prize drawing and all in attendance will receive a Chinook Winds Casino Resort goodie bag. The cost to attend the transition dinner is $15. Please RSVP to the Chamber by July 7th by calling (541) 994-3070.

The Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce is an organization made up of local business members supporting one another and the community. Their office is located at 4039 NW Logan Rd., Lincoln City. For more information, go to, or call the Chamber office at 541-994-3070 or email

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Lincoln County Expands Health Clinics

county health logoIt’s going to be easier than ever to access quality health care through the Lincoln Community Health Centers this summer. Beginning July 1, additional clinic appointments and expanded hours will be offered at clinic locations in Newport and Lincoln City. Working in partnership with the school district, the clinic will offer access to patients of all ages at the Newport High School Health Center, 322 N.E. Eads Street. The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Expanded hours are now being offered at the Lincoln Community Health Center, 4222 NE Devils Lake Road in Lincoln City. These expanded hours allow greater flexibility for those with busy schedules.
“We have quality doctors and nurse practitioners on our staff who can provide high-quality care for anyone looking for medical care,” said Rebecca-McBee Wilson, Lincoln Community Health Center Director. “We know having more locations available to the public and extended hours will help make our great care available to more people.”

Carol Hall, RN, Clinic Manager, said, “We’ve also have friendly, caring staff. We know that dealing with the medical system can be intimidating and confusing for some people, but our staff will help you through every step.” All clinics are currently accepting new patients. For more information, or to schedule an appointment at any location of the Lincoln Community Health Centers, please call 541-265-4947.

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Newport Supports County Application For NOAA Grant

By Kiera Morganemergency prep cacheThe Newport City Council during a special meeting on Monday considered an opportunity to apply for funding from the NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant in the amount of $1.5 million. Of this amount, $500,000 would come in local funds and in-kind matching funds with $1 million being provided by NOAA. Jenny Demaris Lincoln County emergency manager along with Sue Graves with the Lincoln County School District gave a presentation about the grant to the council on June 15th.

Jenny indicated that the local match would be covered by the Board of Commissioners utilizing their Annual Public Safety Emergency Grant Program of $30,000 per year towards this project for four fiscal years. In addition, they would be requesting other governmental districts to provide matching funds. According to Newport City Manager Spencer Nebel this grant opportunity could be very significant for Lincoln County. He said if the grant is awarded it is a great opportunity for the city to participate.

If the grant is awarded, funds will be used for: 1.The purchase and placement of a 100
disaster supply caches throughout Lincoln County. 2. The development of an emergency
water plan that will review current water systems throughout the County to determine the
capability to provided purified water during catastrophic events. 3. The development and
implementation of a citizen and business emergency water education plan to include
resilience building in homes and businesses. Continue reading

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June 30, 2015 · 11:49 am

Depoe Bay Man And Yamhill County Sheriff’s Deputy Injured In Crash

crashOSP Troopers and emergency crews responded to this morning’s serious injury motor vehicle crash involving a Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle and a passenger vehicle on HWY 18 milepost 40, near McMinnville.

According to OSP Sergeant Jesse Orosco, on June 28, 2015 at about 7:17 AM, a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe, operated by Randy D MANNS, age 46, of Depoe Bay, was traveling eastbound on HWY 18, and for unknown reasons, drifted off the highway into the adjacent ditch. MANNS over-corrected, traveling across the eastbound lane and into the westbound lane of travel where the Hyundai collided head-on with a westbound Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle, a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, operated by Deputy Dave MILLS, age 27, of Sheridan.

Both vehicles received heavy impact damage and the Hyundai started on fire. Yamhill County Deputy Tim Casey and a Good Samaritan helped get MANNS out of his burning vehicle while OSP Senior Trooper Dan Davis and two other Good Samaritans extinguished the fire with fire extinguishers.  MANNS was airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland and Deputy MILLS was ground transported to the Salem Hospital, both with serious injuries.

On scene evidence indicates that both occupants were wearing their seat belts and the cause of the crash is still under investigation.  Both directions of HWY 18 were closed for several hours while the investigation and recovery efforts were made. OSP was assisted on scene by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, McMinnville Fire Medics, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Citizen Scientists Needed To Study “The Blob”

OSU logoA huge mass of unusually warm water that scientists have dubbed “The Blob” has lurked off the West Coast for much of the past two years and speculation is growing that it may be connected in some way with the drought plaguing West Coast states. So researchers are planning to run a series of studies to see whether The Blob may be responsible for the parched conditions in California, Oregon and Washington – and they are looking for your help.

A research team plans to run hundreds of variations of computer models aimed at calculating the influence of The Blob on West Coast climate. The amount of data that creates is staggering and could require as many as three supercomputers to generate. Instead, the team will rely on thousands of citizen science volunteers that will let the researchers run simulations during idle times on their personal computers.

It is part of an umbrella project originally launched by Oxford University in 2003, and joined by researchers at Oregon State University in 2010 to use the combined power of thousands of individual computers to run climate modeling simulations. This latest project is supported by Climate Central, an independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting on changing climate.

Persons interested in participating in the project may sign up or get more information at Continue reading

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June 30, 2015 · 11:22 am