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Tip Of The Week: PADDLERS AND AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES PREVENTION PERMIT (AIS)

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Manually powered boats (paddle and oar) 10 feet long and longer are required to purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention (AIS) permit and carry it when operating the watercraft. Non-resident paddlecraft operators are also required to purchase a permit and carry it when boating in Oregon waters.

The Marine Board sells both an annual tag and a two-year Tyvek tag for paddlecraft and can be purchased through the Marine Board’s office in Salem or online through the Marine Board’s new storefront. Permits expire on December 31 annually or every two years depending on which permit is purchased. Out-of-state permits for non-motorized boats are also $5.

The AIS permit is $5 for one year and $10 for two years when purchased online. Funds are dedicated and used only for the aquatic invasive species prevention program. Annual permits for paddlers can also be purchased from any ODFW license agents for $7. Oregon’s registered motorboat owners already contribute to the AIS program through a $5 surcharge on their boat registration fee. Out-of-state permits for motor boats are $20.

In 2014, revenue generated from AIS Prevention Permit totaled $670,235. State, county, and local law enforcement officials issued 957 warnings and 662 citations related to AIS violations. Additional, law enforcement supported ODFW watercraft inspectors with boater compliance resulting in 55 citations and 36 warnings issued for failure to stop at a watercraft inspection station. Of the 11,490 watercraft inspected in 2014, 210 were contaminated with aquatic invaders, 178 with aquatic vegetation and 35 watercraft were contaminated with either freshwater mollusks, quagga or zebra mussels originating from Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, and Utah. A complete report is available for download at Oregon’s AIS 2014 Program Report.

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Scam Alert For Starbucks App Users!

scam alertDo you use a Starbucks application (“app”) to pay for your coffee, pastries, or daily newspaper? If you do, you may be allowing criminals to siphon money from your bank account. The Oregon Department of Justice has learned scammers are changing the account passwords of some Starbucks customers and repeatedly transferring balances to themselves using an auto reload function available on the app. The number of transfers and the amount of money scammers could take is theoretically unlimited, as long as the customer has the auto reload feature turned on.

If you have the Starbucks app on your mobile device, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum urges you to immediately turn off the auto reload function.
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“It is important to remember that allowing apps access to your personal and financial information opens you up to significant risks, like theft. If you do choose to use mobile pay services, I suggest using strong, unique passwords and making sure any auto-pay or reload functions are turned off. Protect these mobile pay accounts like you would your bank account,” said Attorney General Rosenblum.

You should also remember to:

  • Not share your password with others.
  • Have a different password for each account.
  • Write down your password and store it in a safe place away from your phone or computer.
  • Change your passwords several times a year.

If you think you have lost money to this scam, contact the Oregon Department of Justice online at www.OregonConsumer.gov or call 1-877-877-9392.

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18th Annual Waldport Family Fishing Event Saturday

The 2014 fishing event at Eckman Lake on the new dock funded by an ODFW Restoration and Enhancement grant with help from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The 2014 fishing event at Eckman Lake on the new dock funded by an ODFW Restoration and Enhancement grant with help from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Family fishing is coming to Waldport on Saturday, May 16 when the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and First Baptist Church of Waldport host a free fishing event at Eckman Lake. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for youth ages 17 and younger.  Each participant will be able to catch two rainbow trout from the fish enclosure and fishing gear and instruction will be provided free of charge. 

“We’re pleased to be working with the First Baptist Church to bring the 18th annual Eckman Fishing Derby to Waldport,” said Christine Clapp, ODFW Biologist. “This is a great opportunity to take your kids fishing and make memories that will last a lifetime.” In addition to family fishing, there will also be a carnival at the event, complete with bouncy house, cotton candy and lots of other fun activities.  Kids can also make their own fishing lures and flies, get some extra cast practice with a backyard game, and learn about fish anatomy and physiology while volunteers clean their catch.

Eckman Lake is located about 2.5 miles east of Waldport on Highway 34. The family fishing area will be set up at Nelson State Recreation Area across from the First Baptist Church parking lot. The event is open to everyone, and no pre-registration is required. Anglers 13 years old and younger do not need a fishing license. Anglers 14-17 years of age will need a juvenile fishing license, which can be purchased for $9 at any ODFW license agent, ODFW office or on-line at ODFW’s website (www.odfw.com). Licenses will not be sold at the event.

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Razor Clam Closure Extended To Entire Coast

Razor clamsThe Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have extended the closure of all razor clamming to include the entire Oregon Coast due to elevated levels of domoic acid. The closure includes razor clams on all beaches, rocks, jetties, and bays from the mouth of the Columbia River to the California border.

In addition, all shellfish harvesting remains closed from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head, south of  Seaside on the north Oregon Coast due to domoic acid. That closure was ordered on May 8. Meanwhile, recreational mussel harvesting remains closed from Cascade Head, north of Lincoln City , to the north jetty of the Rogue River near Gold Beach on the south coast due to elevated levels of Paralytic Shellfish Toxin (PST).

The harvest of bay clams is open from Tillamook Head south to the California border. This does not include razor clams. Coastal scallops are not affected by these closures when only the adductor muscle is eaten. The consumption of whole recreational scallops is not recommended. Crab is not affected by the closures. Commercial shellfish products remain safe for consumers. Samples taken from commercial markets show no biotoxins at this time.

Domoic acid and PST are produced by algae and usually originate in the ocean. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins weekly, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.

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

WOODEN BOAT SHOW

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

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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 http://www.lincolncountysheriff.net 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 http://www.lincolncountysheriff.net 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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