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April 18-19 Depoe Bay: Come for the Crab, Stay For the Fun!


Freshly cooked Dungeness Crab is always a favorite at Depoe Bay’s annual Crab Feed, coming up on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19— but there’s so much more to see and do!

The 21st annual Classic Wooden Boat Show features hand-crafted vessels on display at “the world’s smallest harbor”. While you’re there, try your hand at building your own vessel at the model boat building booth. Admission to both activities are free.

1783 Shipwreck Treasure Silver Dollar Among Dozens of Prizes
at the Annual Ducky Derby

On Sunday afternoon, April 19, hundreds of colorful rubber ducks will line up to race into the Depoe Bay harbor for the annual Ducky Derby. Buy a ticket to place a bet that your duck will be a winner and you could win one of dozens of prizes contributed by local merchants. Raffle tickets are just $5 each.

Among the top prizes are an authentic 1783 silver dollar recovered from the Spanish galleon El Cazador, which sank in the Gulf of Mexico while on its way to New Orleans. Or win a 5-hour fishing adventure compliments of Dockside Charters, Depoe Bay’s premier fishing excursion company.

Did you know that tiny Depoe Bay has some of the best dining on the coast? Start with Gracie’s Sea Hag, its chowder acclaimed as “The Best” in the New York Times Heritage Cook Book. Choose from cod, halibut or salmon for mouth-watering fish and chips, but there are lots of choices for “landlubbers” too. Or enjoy festive Mexican cuisine while you take in the wonderful ocean views at Mazatlan. Love Thai food? Try the “Crying Tiger” or a curry dish at Thai Bay, the best kept secret on the coast. You could win a dining certificate at any of these restaurants if your Ducky Derby ticket is a winner!

Wine lovers could win one of several bottles of best-selling wines provided by the Depoe Bay Winery, including a Depoe Bay Riesling, popular Blackberry wine and a rich Columbia Valley Cabernet. Elissa Fenske from Adelsheim’s tasting room contributed a bottle of coveted Elizabeth’s Reserve, a wonderful Pinot Noir.

Coffee lovers can sip a brew while taking in local arts, crafts and restored Model T autos at Ciuffo’s Coffee Shop. This is the spot to find authentic Sea Gull Haven hand-painted ceramic sculptures, which have been crafted for decades and displayed all over the pacific northwest. And what’s better to enjoy at the beach than Ainslee’s homemade saltwater taffy, a Depoe Bay tradition since 1947?

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LCSD Tip Of The Week: Citizen Alert – Lincoln County’s Emergency Notification System

Your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management has offered a mass calling notification system called Citizen Alert for nearly three years. Citizen Alert provides citizens with timely emergency notifications for events such as severe weather, distant tsunamis, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues, missing persons, dangerous wanted persons involving imminent threat to your safety, and other emergencies.

Our Citizen Alert program has all land-line or non-cell phone numbers built into our emergency notification system. However, citizens who wish to receive notifications on their other devices such as cell phone, work phone, email, text messaging, and fax are encouraged to go to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s website and create their own personal profile. When you create your own profile you have the ability to manage and prioritize how you want to be contacted on the devices you’ve listed in your profile.

It is recommended that each adult type person in your household create their own profile to ensure they receive the messages independently of other household members. Businesses are encouraged to create a profile for their property locations; you can list up to five (5) locations ensuring you receive emergency messages affecting your properties.

If you choose to not to create your own profile, you may still receive emergency notifications on your traditional landline home/business phone, but nowhere else. Registering your contact information will ensure accurate and all inclusive contact information for you and your family. All information provided is kept strictly confidential.

To sign up for emergency alerts, please visit your Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office website and look for the “Citizen Alert” image on the left hand side. Residents who do not have a computer or Internet access should contact their local library for free use of their computers to log onto the Internet and sign up.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.


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Oregon Unemployment Rate Falls Below National Rate

 Worksource Oregon Oregon’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.4 Percent, Inching Below the National Rate:

In March, Oregon’s unemployment rate fell below the U.S. rate for the first time since 1996, dropping to 5.4 percent, from 5.8 percent in February. The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in March. While the difference between the Oregon and the U.S. March unemployment rates was not statistically significant, the fact that Oregon’s rate is below the nation’s shows how much the state’s economy has improved over the last year. Reflecting an improving economy, Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped substantially over the past 12 months; in March 2014, Oregon’s rate was 7.1 percent. This winter, two factors benefitted Oregon’s economy relative to many states.

First, Oregon’s weather was unusually mild during much of the first three months of the year, while many economies in the northeastern U.S. were hit hard by severe winter weather. In the short term, the weather boosted Oregon’s employment in weather-dependent industries above normal levels. And second, the plunge in oil prices since mid-2014 led to lower gasoline and other fuel prices which benefited Oregon consumers and likely led to greater demand for certain goods and services. A primary reason for Oregon’s declining unemployment rate is rapid job growth. Employment growth accelerated over the past two years, reflecting a strengthening economy and contributing to a tightening labor market. Continue reading

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PFMC Sets 2015 Salmon Seasons

fishing dockThe Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted a set of ocean salmon seasons that provides both recreational and commercial opportunities coast wide. Washington and Oregon fishermen, in particular, will be benefit from strong salmon returns in the Columbia River this year. Salmon fisheries in California
and Oregon provide access to an expected good return of Sacramento River fall Chinook and Klamath River fall Chinook, while meeting protective measures for Sacramento River winter Chinook, and California Coastal Chinook. The recommendation will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service for approval by May 1, 2015.

“I am pleased that we were able to provide coast wide commercial and recreational
fishing opportunities while meeting or exceeding our conservation goals,” said Council
Chair Dorothy Lowman. “It has been impressive to see everyone working together to
address our management challenges, including the ongoing drought in California.”
California and Oregon South of Cape Falcon, Oregon. An expected abundance of 650,000 Sacramento River fall Chinook, combined with strong coho expectations for the Columbia River, will support ample recreational and reasonable commercial opportunities for ocean salmon fisheries off California and
Oregon. The 2015 Columbia River coho abundance forecast in 2015 is over 800,000 fish
and will allow for sizable recreational coho opportunities in this summer. Continue reading

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FREE Nickel Dive and Family Swim Night In Lincoln City

Ducky derbyA special family night is planned for Thursday, April 23 at the Lincoln City Community Center.

The evening begins with the annual Community Days Ducky Derby at 6:30 p.m., when a plethora of little plastic ducks will make their way down the 24’ water slide. Numbered ducks can be purchased for $5 each, and proceeds will benefit Taft 7-12 sports programs.
The Ducky Derby will be followed at 7 p.m. sharp by the annual Nickel Dive. Handfuls of change will be tossed into the pools and it’s all up for grabs by children age 16 and under.
A family recreation swim will immediately follow the Nickel Dive.
Admission is free to all of these events.

Nickel Dive

The Community Center is located at 2150 NE Oar Place. For more details call 541-994-2131, see, or check out the Lincoln City Community Center Facebook page.

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Tsunami Debris Boat Piece Washes Ashore In Seal Rock

derelict-boatA chunk of a fiberglass boat 25-30′ long was spotted off the Oregon shore west of Ona Beach last Thursday. The debris appears to be half to two-thirds of a larger vessel, possibly damaged and set adrift during the earthquake and tsunami that struck the east coast of Japan in 2011. A team of Oregon state agencies coordinated to retrieve the object. Biologists with the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center inspected the low-floating object and, after consulting with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, determined the organisms still attached posed a low threat to the Oregon coast ecosystem.

yellowtail-jackThey did find several live specimens of a variety of yellowtail jack fish (pictured left) found in the coastal waters of Japan. Using funds set aside for responding to tsunami debris, Riverbend Marine Services of Newport towed it to the Port of Newport at South Beach Marina. The debris will eventually be removed from water, studied by OSU researchers, then dismantled and disposed of in a local landfill. The surviving fish have been removed and delivered into the care of the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Agencies coordinating on this response include the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of State Lands, Oregon State University, Oregon State Police, Office of the Governor, U.S. Coast Guard, and NOAA. Beach visitors and marine boaters are reminded to be on the lookout for any debris floating at sea. In an emergency, call 911. For less urgent reports, call 211 from any coastal county.

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Nurture your Creativity in a Workshop at the Sitka Center

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The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the central Oregon coast encourages individuals to nurture their creativity through lifelong learning. Registration is currently underway for more than 100 summer workshops that explore topics in art, writing, ecology and music. Sitka’s workshops are led by knowledgeable instructors in a supportive environment, and are designed for both beginners, as well as experienced students, who wish to learn a new medium or hone their skills amid Sitka’s picturesque surroundings.

sitka1Each year, Sitka designs a diverse workshop season to facilitate exploration in a variety of subjects. Sitka’s art offerings range from more traditional topics like plein air painting and nature photography to unconventional workshops including sculpting with kelp, sculptural papermaking, sand painting and insect illustration. Writing workshops center on poetry, essay and memoir as well as topics that embrace Sitka’s natural setting such as Earth Verse taught by celebrated poet Kim Stafford. Sitka also features ecology-focused kayak trips and an overview of local habitat restoration projects. Whether your aim is for a one-time experience or to push your creative work to the next level, students have the opportunity to take time for themselves, break away from their hectic lives and to delve deep into a dynamic subject. Continue reading

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