Category Archives: Lincoln County

Sheriff to Host Town Hall Meeting

Sheriff Lincoln County Logo Tip of the WeekSheriff Dennis Dotson is hosting another Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 18. This is the 14th Town Hall hosted by Sheriff Dotson since these meetings were started in 2006. This Town Hall will be held at the Gleneden Beach Fire Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sheriff Dotson notes, “That while the meeting is being held in Gleneden Beach, citizens from around the county are welcome to attend.”

Citizens will hear from Sheriff’s Office Division Commanders and the Sheriff. Citizens will also view the most recent Sheriff’s Office Community Video and learn about improvements in jail operations, what’s happening in the area of emergency preparedness, programs in the Animal Shelter, and much more.

As with all previous Town Halls, the last half of the scheduled meeting time is reserved for citizens to offer their suggestions and ask questions. “This always turns out to be the most enjoyable portion of the meeting,” said Sheriff Dotson.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Openings Now Available for the WIC Program in Lincoln County

WIC Has Openings for More Families

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a nutrition education program that helps families identify healthy nutrition choices that work for them. WIC has room to serve 60 more families in Lincoln County. Share the WIC experience with someone else that might benefit from WIC. Please help spread the word.

WIC participants must: Live in Oregon; Be a pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding woman, an infant or a child under 5 years old; Have a household income less than 185% of poverty guidelines [Recipients of SNAP (food stamps), OHP, or TANF are income-eligible]; Have a nutritional need or risk.

People on WIC get: Answers to their nutrition questions; Nutritious foods like whole grains, fruits and vegetables, beans, peanut butter, eggs, cheese, milk, juice, and more; Breastfeeding help; Help getting other services.

Lincoln County Health & Human Services WIC Program:

Newport: 36 SW Nye Street, Between the post office and the library, (541) 265-4163, Open Monday-Friday 8-5, Walk-ins: 1-2 pm daily.

Lincoln City: 4422 NE Devils Lake Boulevard, Suite 2; Next to the DMV; (541) 265-0578; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8-12, 1-5; Walk-ins: 3-3:30 Tues., Wed., and Thurs.

Services provided in English and Spanish at both locations.

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April 14, 2016 · 4:27 pm

New MidCoast Watershed Specialist

From the MidCoast Watershed Council

HaydukMy name is Evan Hayduk. I will be taking over as the Watershed Restoration Specialist with the MidCoast Watersheds Council later this month. I am new to Oregon but have an ingrained sense of Pacific Northwest pride as a lifelong Washingtonian. I recently moved to the state to join my wife, Jen, who is a graduate student at Oregon State University. We currently live in Corvallis, but will be making the move to Lincoln County to be closer to the MCWC office and Jen’s fieldwork in the estuaries along the coast.

I spent most of my childhood outside. My parents set me to work in the family garden from a young age, and I would take every moment to enjoy the outdoors. My first real job was at a retail nursery in high school, and my love for plants and the outdoors continued from there. In college, I focused on environmental issues and policy in my political science degree. Soon afterward I found out that I was much more interested in the” hands-on” side of the restoration world.

Since college, I have been committed to environmental restoration and have worked in riparian, wetland, sub-alpine, prairie, forested and oak savanna ecosystems in Washington State. I completed a Master’s in Environmental Studies at The Evergreen State College in 2012, focusing on watershed restoration, hydrology and the use and development of cutting edge data visualization technologies. Continue reading

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County Looking At VRD Licensing

County CommissionersThe Lincoln County Board of Commissioners recently heard a report on the possibility of developing a business license for county vacation rental dwellings (VRD). The proposal was developed as a result of a number of complaints centered on excessive noise, garbage and parking issues. Especially in the Gleneden Beach and Lincoln Beach areas.

According to County Council Wayne Belmont in coming up with a licensing proposal they utilized what has been done successfully in Tillamook County. The idea Belmont said is to assist short term rental properties to comply with the livability of the neighborhoods they exist in. The license would require the name of a contact person, and general information regarding the vacation rental.

The business license program would be administered through the county Sheriff’s office. VRD owners would be required that their renters comply with the county noise ordinance, be required to have garbage service and provide adequate parking. Continued violations would result in termination of the VRD license. A secondary goal of the licensing program is to make sure that all rental properties comply with the County’s transient room tax ordinance.

To get further information from the public the county is holding meetings throughout the county. The first meeting will be tonight at city hall in Lincoln City and on Thursday at Waldport city hall. The final meeting will be held Thursday April 28th at the county courthouse. All meetings will be held from 6-8pm. Further details and a review of the proposal can be found on the county website at http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/.

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“Boss” Tax Scam

scam_alert_bigEverybody wants to please the boss! But, it is unlikely that your boss will ever ask for your personal tax information. As tax day approaches, protect yourself from a new imposter scam by looking out for phony emails claiming to be from your “boss”. With tax season upon us, the Oregon Department of Justice has learned that scammers have started to send emails pretending to be your boss, a CEO or another top executive from your company and asking for your W-2 statements or other personal information.
Oregonians should always be diligent about scam artists asking for your personal information, tax information or social security number. These emails often look like they are coming from the real email address of your boss. And, once you provide the scammer with your information, the scammer can file a fake tax return and get money belonging to you! The scam is that simple.
“When the boss emails you directly, we all have a natural inclination to get right on it. But, if you get an email out of the blue from anyone asking for tax information, you should make sure it is legitimate,” said Attorney General Rosenblum. “It’s important for us to keep an eye out for this sort of activity and report it as soon as possible.”
If you do receive an email that looks to be from a boss or manager asking for your personal information, make sure it is real before responding. You should contact your human resources department or supervisor right away. You can also hover over any links in the email to make sure it is from a legitimate source, and remember to always be hesitant before submitting any sensitive information over email.
If you have fallen victim to this scam, please contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 503-229-5576 or file a complaint online at www.oregonconsumer.gov.

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Depoe Bay Kid Zone, Surfrider and Warm Currents Collaborate

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Over 40 kids and adult instructors took to the surf and beaches at Otter Rock, launching a new local partnership to promote youth leadership and growth through surfing, while educating and promoting stewardship of the Otter Rock Marine Reserve. The partnership, between non-profits Warm Current and Neighbors for Kids (KFK) Kid Zone in Depoe Bay, recently established a new “Surf Outpost”, providing free surfboards and wetsuits for youth within the NFK’s after school program.

As part of the outpost, the partners are developing a Surf and Stewardship Program, where youth will participate in a variety of activities both in and out of the water. In 2015, Warm Current, a long partner of Surfrider Chapters, established it’s first official Oregon Surf Outpost at Neighbors for Kids in Depoe Bay. Warm Current, an organization focused on driving personal development and creating healthy, active lifestyles for youth through surfing, was a natural partner for NFK, especially given the closely-located Otter Rock Marine Reserve to support surf and stewardship program development.

Throughout 2016, the partners hope to better develop the outpost and programmatic offerings and for now, will focus on building confidence in the water and stewardship and education on the beach. The kickoff last week consisted of a surf 101 camp, beach cleanup and overview of the Otter Rock Marine Reserve. Throughout the year, classroom water safety and educational offerings will be piloted at the NFK after-school facility the Neighbors for Kids Kid Zone, while surf and stewardship days will be conducted at Otter Rock.wcotter_rock

Information and photos provided by Surfrider

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Environment Oregon Hosts Solar Power Happy Hour

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Environment Oregon and Rogue Ales are holding a community meeting and happy hour to discuss ongoing efforts to increase solar power throughout Lincoln County. Attendees will learn about the campaign, hear about local and statewide solar policies, and discuss how they can help bring more solar to their community, either by installing it themselves, volunteering to organize solar outreach activities, or encouraging their elected officials to make solar more accessible and affordable.

The event will be held at Rogue Ales on the historic Newport Bayfront for an afternoon beer, light appetizers and a thought-provoking discussion. State Senator Arnie Roblan and Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall are scheduled keynote speakers, and several other local elected officials will be in attendance. Presentations will be followed by a social hour to network and talk directly with experts and advocates about solar.

Who: 
Arnie Roblan, Oregon State Senator
Bill Hall, Lincoln County Commissioner
Rio Davidson, owner of Cascade Coast Solar
Bobbi Wilson, Environment Oregon campaign organizer

Where: 
Rogue Ales Public House
748 SW Bay Blvd.
Newport, OR 97365

When:
Wednesday, April 6th at 4 PM

Visuals:  
A meeting room filled with state, county and city elected officials and community members enjoying local beer and snacks and discussing the future of solar energy on the Central Oregon Coast.

 

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