THE HUG-A-TREE AND SURVIVE PROGRAM is designed to teach children ages 5-12 how to keep from getting lost, what to do if they become lost, how to stay warm and dry, and how they can help searchers to find them. The program originated in San Diego County, California, following the tragic death of a nine-year-old boy who had become lost in the woods. The Hug-a-Tree and Survive Program teaches children and their parents the following principles:
Hug a tree – Once you know you are lost, hug a tree! One of the greatest fears many of us have is being alone. Hugging a tree or other stationary object and even talking to it can help calm you down, and prevent panic. And most important, a tree can provide you with valuable shelter. By staying in one place, you will be found far more quickly, and won’t be injured in a fall.
Always carry a whistle and a trash bag – Whenever you go on a picnic, hiking or camping you should carry a whistle on a lanyard around your neck and a trash bag in your pocket. By making a hole in the side of the bag (so you don’t suffocate!) for your face, and putting it over your head, it will keep you dry and warm. The whistle can be heard from farther away than your voice, even when you are yelling very loudly. And it takes less energy to use.
Your parents won’t be angry with you – Time and again, children have avoided searchers because they were ashamed of getting lost, and afraid of punishment. Anyone can become lost, even adults! So don’t be ashamed. Just admit it, accept it and take actions to be comfortable while you wait for the searchers to arrive. Your parents will be so happy to see you again, and to know that you are safe. So there’s no need to be frightened or worried about that. And they will be so proud of you for using your head since it is your best survival tool.
Make yourself big – From a helicopter or airplane, people are hard to see when they are standing up, when they are in a group of trees, or wearing dark clothing. Find your tree to hug near a small clearing if possible. Wear a brightly colored jacket (red and orange are easy to see from far away) when you go into the woods or the desert. Lie down when the helicopter flies over. If it is cold and you are rested, make a large cross (X) or an “SOS” using broken twigs, branches, or rocks, or by dragging your foot in the dirt.

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Yaquina Art Association Photographers announce People’s Choice Award Winners

The public was invited to participate in the People’s Choice award for the Yaquina Art Association Photographers Show featured during the month of March in the Runyan Gallery at the Visual Art Center.  After many votes were cast by visitors to the Runyan Gallery and with 19 photographers represented and 76 photographs, the award winners were as follows:

The top 3 images for people’s choice were:


FIRST –        Vern Bartley’s      “Ancient Mysteries”

Waiting for the Rain by Walter Duvall

Waiting for the Rain by Walter Duvall

SECOND  –  Walt Duvall’s       “Waiting  for the Rain”

THIRD –       Sherrie Powell’s   “Rainy Day”  Rainy-Day by Sherrie Powell

Congratulations to everyone who participated!

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Chitwood Bridge Dedication on Monday, April 27th


Chitwood Bridge taken in 1942

The public is invited to a dedication of the Chitwood Covered Bridge on Monday, April 27th at 2pm. DIRECTIONS: From Newport drive east on Hwy 20. From Corvallis drive west on Hwy 20. Turn south near milepost 17.
The project was conducted as a part of the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation (NHCBP) Program under Title 23, United States Code. The total project cost was $1,254,209. The project was financed with NHCBP funds at the maximum allowable federal participating amount, with Lincoln County providing $176,210 of the total project cost.
The recent renovation of the Chitwood Bridge included replacing the top and bottom cord members, diagonals, corbels, and timber decking. The renovation included replace roofing, bridge rail, siding, painting the structure, and stain and fumigation the bridge house.
In December of 1893, the first bridge in Chitwood was constructed in the very spot the covered bridge stands today. It allowed residents of Chitwood to cross the Yaquina without fording the river.
In 1904 another bridge replaced the prior, however it was also uncovered. These bridges did not stand up well to the harsh conditions of weather in the coast range.
In the year 1926, the first covered bridge was constructed which stood in place until it’s reconstruction in 1984. This bridge was named after the small community of Chitwood, as in Joshua Chitwood, namesake of the railway town. Today, Chitwood is a ghost town, far from resembling the bustling railroad village it once was.
About Chitwood Covered Bridge
• The existing Chitwood bridge was built in 1926 and is 96 feet long.
• The bridge was built by Otis Hamer, and the design is attributed to A.E. Marvin.
• In 1984, the bridge was rehabilitated by federal and county funding and reconstructed by Aubrey Mountain Construction. Construction on this bridge began in late September and was finished by January 7th, 1984.
• The reconstruction was historically accurate as the construction company rebuilt the Howe Truss design, and the board and batten siding.
• The simple structure of flared sides and semi-elliptical portal arches, as well as the barn red color, are characteristics of Lincoln County’s bridges.
• The Chitwood Bridge crosses over the Lower Yaquina River, and is still passable by motorized traffic.
• The weight limit for this bridge is eight tons.
Covered wooden bridges once dotted the landscape of the United States, numbering14,000 at one time, as reported in the Federal Highway Administration’s Covered Bridge Manual (Pierce and others 2005).Today only 800 covered bridges remain in the country, having survived hundreds of years largely as a result of the roof structure that kept the bridge timbers dry.

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Newport Police Officers Honored For Saving Suicidal Mans Life

Newport policeMonday (4/20) during the Newport City council meeting three Newport Police Officers where awarded Life Saving Medals for their roles in saving the life of a suicidal subject on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. The incident occurred on December 26, 2014, just after 2:00 pm Newport Police Officers responded to the Yaquina Bay Bridge on a report of a subject sitting on the railing on the west side of the bridge.

Newport Officer Brad Purdom was the first to arrive on scene. He found a 41 year-old male resident sitting of the railing near the center span of the bridge. The man during the course of the conversation climbed over the rail toward the sidewalk. The on-scene Officers continued to converse with the man, but he attempted to again climb over to the west side of the bridge railing. The Officers were able to grab him as he released his grip on the bridge rail, and began to fall.

Officers pulled the man to safety and detained him in handcuffs for his own protection. The report of the responding Officers’ actions was submitted to the Newport Police Department Awards Committee, which concluded that the actions of Officer Purdom, Officer Mitchell, and Chief Miranda saved the life of the individual. As a result each Officer received the Newport Police Department Life Saving Award.

Information and photo courtesy of Newport Police Department

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Family Fishing Day At Ollala Saturday

Two young anglers fishing at Olalla Reservoir.

Two young anglers fishing at Olalla Reservoir.

Families interested in spending an enjoyable day outdoors with a fishing rod in their hands may want to head out to Olalla Reservoir near Newport on Saturday, April 25. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Georgia Pacific, in cooperation with the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, are sponsoring a day of fishing at Olalla Reservoir.

The Olalla Reservoir Fishing Event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a stocked fish enclosure for youth fishing, both youth and adult reservoir-wide fishing derbies, kayak tours, nature hikes and other fun family activities. Prizes will be awarded for the adult and youth fishing derbies, and there will also be a few prizes that every youth participant will be entered to receive. All activities are free.

ODFW will provide rods, reels, tackle, and bait free of charge. People who prefer to use their own equipment are welcome to bring it along. Volunteer angling instructors will be available at the reservoir to help participants set up their gear, cast, reel, and even clean fish. According to Christine Clapp, ODFW fish biologist in Newport, the event will offer something for just about every member of the family. Continue reading

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Aquarium Celebrates Earth Day Saturday

Aquarium entrance.Oregon’s window to the underwater world will go green on Saturday, April 25 when the Oregon Coast Aquarium celebrates Earth Day. “We host this annual celebration to encourage the public to engage in positive behavior changes for the benefit of a healthier environment and lifestyle,” said Beth Hawkyard, the Aquarium’s Volunteer Services Manager who organizes the event. “It is a wonderful feeling to know you are reducing your impact on our planet.”

Exhibits will brim with eco-friendly educational opportunities for visitors. Guests will be able to practice identifying marine debris, learn about reusable products and contribute to a collaborative art piece called “Wave of Change.”

Guests are also invited to take a guided walk on the wild side through the Aquarium’s naturescaped grounds that the National Wildlife Federation honored with a wildlife habitat certification. Anita Albrecht, the Aquarium’s Head Groundskeeper, will lead visitors during this native plant walk to explore this restored natural landscape. Those interested in joining the 45 minute tour should meet outside the Aquarium’s lobby at 1:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is not required and all activities are included with general admission. The Aquarium is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. this spring. For more information call 541-867-FISH or visit

The Oregon Coast Aquarium organizes its Earth Day event in conjunction with the Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s (AZA) nation-wide Party For the Planet™ event on April 22. Party For the Planet™’s collective events make the world’s largest combined Earth Day Celebration. For more information about AZA’s Party For the Planet™, visit

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