In 2014, the Oregon Silver Alert Program was created. This program is intended to serve our missing vulnerable adult population including those suffering from an impaired mental condition, such as dementia; an intellectual or developmental disability; or a brain injury. The law directs the Oregon State Police, municipal police departments, and sheriff’s offices to develop plans to publicly report missing persons as described in the law. The first Silver Alert program was created in Oklahoma in 2006 and many states have adopted Silver Alert programs since that time.
The Silver Alert program is unlike the AMBER Alert program in that the law does not require radio stations to broadcast Silver Alerts. In addition, Silver Alerts will frequently be more localized and not require broadcasting over larger geographic areas. When it is necessary to broadcast over a larger area however, that can be accomplished as well. Your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will utilize our Citizen Alert program and local radio stations to make these important notifications. Your Sheriff’s Office has utilized these procedures in the past for this and other emergency events over the years.
To participate in Citizen Alert, a person need only access our website at http://www.lincolncoutysheriff.net and click on the tab “Citizen Alert Notification Sign Up”. You can choose to be notified of emergencies issued by the county’s Emergency Management on your cellular device, land line, computer and other communication devices that qualify. An optional feature offered is notification of flood watches and warnings in Lincoln County.
For more information and tips, visit our web site at http://www.lincolncountysheriff.net and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.
By Larry Coonrod
Newport Fishermen’s Wives representatives Ginny Goblirsch, left, and Jennifer Stevens met with elected and Coast Guard officials in Washington D.C. this week to press the case for keeping a search and rescue helicopter in Newport. (photo by Newport Fishermens wives)
NEWPORT—The Newport Fishermen’s Wives carried the fight to save the Newport Coast Guard helicopter straight to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Fishermen’s Wives President Jennifer Stevens and board member Ginny Goblirsch talked with Coast Guard officials and staffers for Oregon’s congressional delegation. “The issue is well known on Capitol Hill,” Goblirsch said from D.C. Wednesday.
Goblirsch and Stevens met with the directors of the Coast Guard’s search and rescue, aircraft deployment and public affairs departments. The two women made the case that the national two-hour response time used to justify conducting central coast aerial search and rescue from North Bend or Astoria isn’t realistic in the cold Northwest waters. Moreover, local first responders will not enter the water for near shore rescues without a helicopter standing by to back them up, Goblirsch and Stevens pointed out.
“They were really interested in what we had to say and we had a fairly long discussion about the conditions in Newport,” Goblirsch said. “I just felt like we were finally being heard for the first time.”
The Pacific Northwest Waterways Association helped facilitate the meetings.
Coast Guard “Blown Away”
Public opposition to the Coast Guard’s Oct. 2, 2014 announcement that it planned to close the Newport air station was swift and widespread. More than 18,000 people signed petitions urging the Coast Guard to reverse the decision. Hundreds more packed a Town Hall at Oregon Coast Community College to make the case directly to the admiral in command of the Pacific Northwest helicopters. The backlash did not go unnoticed by top Coast Guard officials.
“They are totally blown away by the community response. We wouldn’t even be having these discussions if that hadn’t had happened,” Goblirsch said. That criticism was directed at a policy decision and not the men and women uniform did not go unnoticed, either. “That meant a lot to them and they told us that,” Goblirsch said. “And they’ve come to understand how much Newport cares about the Coast Guard and how closely we work with the Coast Guard.” Continue reading
Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall has returned from Washington, D.C., where he was one of thirty-three elected county officials from the state to attend the annual Legislative Conference of the National Association of Counties (NACo). Hall is second vice president of the Oregon Association of Counties (AOC). “It was a great opportunity to learn, network, and meet with members of the Oregon Congressional delegation and their staffs,” said Hall. “I had one perfectly timed opportunity on Wednesday (Feb. 25), when I was part of a group that spoke with Rep. Peter DeFazio right before he went into a hearing on the Coast Guard budget.”
DeFazio is the ranking member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, putting him in a key position to influence the Coast Guard’s spending priorities. Hall said he was able to alert DeFazio and a member of his staff of the data about the Newport Coast Guard Helicopter’s record of lifesaving effectiveness recently compiled by the Surfrider Foundation. DeFazio asked for a copy of the information to take into the hearing. “He promised our group that he would work to get specific language in the bill protecting the Newport helicopter, or, failing that, a provision directing that the Coast Guard’s lifesaving mission not be compromised by budgetary issues.”
Hall and other commissioners spent three days in committee meetings and workshops, as well as hearing from speakers, including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who began his public career at the county level, told the group that counties are “the most important and least appreciated form of government” in the country. Hall has applied for membership on NACo’s committee on Military and Veterans Affairs. Currently, Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel is the only Oregon representative on that panel. “Commissioner McKeel will leave office at the end of next year, and I think it’s important Oregon continue to have a voice on that group.”
The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather in Lincoln County is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1937, it is improbably perched on a knobby promontory on the jagged south flank of Cape Foulweather, 453 feet above the Pacific Ocean. This secondary headland is commonly known as Otter Crest, a name also appropriated by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for the adjacent State Scenic Viewpoint.
The Look-Out was built and operated by Wilbur “Buck” and Anna Badley. The business began briefly as the Foulweather Coffee Shop, but soon shifted into a very successful gift shop when the Badleys realized people were most interested in purchasing souvenirs of their visit to the coast. Upon the completion of the Roosevelt Coast Military Highway (U.S. 101) in 1932 and associated bridges in 1936, tourists could more easily travel and visit sites along the Pacific Ocean. The Look-Out is an excellent example of an isolated entrepreneurial venture along the central coast that capitalized on the public investment based upon the urging and support of the citizens of Oregon. Continue reading
By Kiera Morgan
While healthy eating can be a challenge for kids and parents, elementary school students in Lincoln County School District at Oceanlake, Taft Elementary, Sam Case, Toledo Elementary, Siletz Valley Charter School and Crestview Elementary will use their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy, after-school snacks in Sodexo’s 2015 Future Chefs Challenge. The national initiative, which is in its fifth year, was created to get students thinking about making healthy food choices while also encouraging them to get active and creative in the kitchen.
Lincoln County Elementary School students are joining over 2,500 other students representing over 1,000 Sodexo-served school sites in 29 states nationally in this educational challenge taking place in March. The theme for this year’s competition is After School Healthy Snacks. To compete, students will prepare the snack on their own, supervised by kitchen staff. All necessary ingredients and supplies will be provided by Sodexo. To kick off the competition, students were invited to submit recipes, and three finalists from each school were selected for the cook-off.
The finalists will prepare their recipes in front of a panel of judges, who will vote on them based on several categories. All finalists will receive a chef’s coat and hat. The winning student from each participating district will be considered for regional finalist awards, and the selected regional finalists will vie to become one of five national finalists competing for the public’s vote on a special Future Chefs YouTube channel.
Maj. Gen. David Enyeart, Oregon Army National Guard and Chief of Police in Toledo, Oregon, is promoted to the rank of Major General during a promotion ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon, Feb. 6, 2012. (courtesy photo)
Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. David Enyeart is scheduled to retire from more than 30 years of military service in a ceremony on Sunday at the Anderson Readiness Center. He is also the Chief of Police in Toledo. In his most recent position, Enyeart served as the Chief of Staff of U.S. Forces Korea, where he was responsible for directing, planning, coordinating and integrating actions of the Joint Staff while directly supporting national objectives to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula in order to deflect potential attackers. Enyeart began his career in the U.S. Army in 1978.
He received his commission as a second lieutenant through Officer Candidate School in June 1985 and joined the Oregon Army National Guard as a mortar platoon leader. Over the course of more than three decades, Enyeart served on three overseas deployments; two in Afghanistan and one in Sarajevo, Bosnia. His military career includes commands ranging from unit level to brigade level before becoming the Assistant Adjutant General – Army for the Oregon National Guard. In Sarajevo, Enyeart served with military and governmental agencies assisting in their entry into NATO.
Splashdata has announced its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet – thus making them the “Worst Passwords” that will expose anybody to being hacked or having their identities stolen.
In its fourth annual report, compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords during the year, “123456”and “password” continue to hold the top two spots that they have held each year since the first list in 2011.
Other passwords in the top 10 include “qwerty,” “dragon,” and “football.”
As in past years’ lists, simple numerical passwords remain common, with nine of the top 25 passwords on the 2014 list comprised of numbers only.
Passwords appearing for the first time on SplashData’s list include “696969” and “batman.”
While Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, “iloveyou” is one of the nine passwords from 2013 to fall off the 2014 list.
According to SplashData, the passwords evaluated for the 2014 list were mostly held by users in North America and Western Europe. In 2014, millions of passwords from Russian accounts were also leaked, but these passwords were not included in the analysis.
SplashData’s list of frequently used passwords shows that many people continue to put themselves at risk by using weak, easily guessable passwords.