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SAVE THE DATE: Get Ready Lincoln County, Emergency Readiness Fair

Get Ready Lincoln County 2015, Sept 12

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August 1, 2015 – The America’s Cup Tour will be visiting Newport!

GMR_AC34AugD17_1999c--1-This event is a unique opportunity for our Community! Our America’s Cup Event Committee has been working feverishly in association with the America’s Cup Tour to bring you a day filled with fun and excitement, not to mention history and tradition.

The schooner “America” will be here as part of the Tour and we have a Sunset Sail aboard her. Experience the thrill of sailing aboard this world class vessel.

The yacht is a painstaking replica of the original “America,” which in 1851 stunned the world by winning the legendary sailing race around the Isle of Wight and won the trophy that now bears her name, the America’s Cup!

So, here are the details:

Date – August 1, 2015
Events Are Open To The Public

Junior Sailors Talk & Tour Aboard “America” –12:00PM

Dockside Tours of “America” – 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Sunset Sail aboard “America” – 4:00PM to 7:00PM

America’s Cup Multimedia Presentation
at the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center – 7:30PM

Dockside Tours of the schooner “America” will be open to the public at Port of Newport from 1:00PM to 3PM. There will also be a sail aboard “America” open to the public that will depart from the dock at 4:15 PM. Tickets for the sail will be $75 for adults, and $55 for children 12 and under. If you want to experience this unique opportunity, please purchase your tickets early as this cruise is popular!

The presentation will be made by Troy Sears, owner of the yacht “America”. The program includes an overview of the Cup’s storied history, a chance to relive the dramatic comeback of AC34, and an inside look at what to expect for AC35 in Bermuda. The presentations offer an exciting way to experience the America’s Cup in an evening of entertainment for all.

In addition to all this, there will be streaming America’s Cup videos on multiple screens.

This event is open to the public so invite all your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers for this spectacular event sharing the excitement of “America” and the America’s Cup!

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Tip Of The Week! Dogs At Large- What can I Do?


The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office receives animal complaints on a regular basis. The incidents range from barking dogs to roosters crowing to much more severe issues such as dog bites and attacks.

Here are a few tips for both pet owners and neighbors to help deal with these types of incidents:

1. BE A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER- Keep your dogs and cats vaccinated. Spay and Neuter your pets to prevent against unwanted or unplanned pregnancies.

2. LICENSE YOUR DOG – Not only is it required by law, it’s the right thing to do. Proceeds from pet license help funds our local Animal Shelter. It also ensures that we can reunite lost pets with their owners.

3. DON’T LET YOUR DOGS STRAY- Keep them safely and securely contained at home or on a leash. Trespassing dogs can lead to neighbor cat attacks, strewn garbage, and frightened children.

4. NEIGHBORS- If you have a “problem pooch” in your neighborhood, try to find out whom it belongs to. Talk to the pet owner and communicate your concern and try mediation. If that doesn’t work, call Animal Services through dispatch at 541-265-4231.

5. THERE IS A STRAY DOG THAT DOESN’T BELONG IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD- If he’s on your property and he doesn’t belong there, he’s trespassing. If the dog is approachable and appears friendly, catch it and bring it to the Animal Shelter. DO NOT PUT YOURSELF IN DANGER OF BEING BITTEN IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO CORRAL THE CANINE!

6. ONGOING PROBLEMS- The Lincoln Community Dispute Resolution service offers mediation for these incidents and much more! They are located at 936 SW Hurbert, Newport, OR 97365. The phone number is (541) 574-9846

7. More information can be obtained when you visit the Lincoln County website under county ordinance at
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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Biologists Discover New Type Of Blue Rockfish

Blue Rockfish

Blue Rockfish

Deacon Rockfish

Deacon Rockfish

A new analysis confirms that the Blue Rockfish (Sebastes mystinus), a popular and commercially significant rockfish sought by anglers primarily off the California and Oregon coasts, is actually two separate and distinct species. Previous studies had discovered some genetic differences between two groups of Blue Rockfishes, but their status as distinct species had never been proven until researchers at Oregon State University, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the California State University, Los Angeles, demonstrated distinguishing differences in anatomy, coloration, geographic distribution and genetics.

Results of the study have been published in the Fishery Bulletin.

“Various researchers have written about the Blue Rockfish for years but it has never been morphologically described as two separate species,” said Ben Frable, an OSU graduate student in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and lead author on the study. “There are physical, genetic, and apparent behavioral differences between the two species.”

Frable and his team named the newly described species Deacon Rockfish (Sebastes diaconus) – a tribute to the nickname given Blue Rockfish by Portuguese fishermen around San Francisco in the 19th century. They called it the “priest fish” because the white bands around its head resembled a clerical collar. Continue reading

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Lincoln County Animal Shelter: Pet of The Week! Samantha


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Drought Conditions Limit Fishing In Oregon

15286413148_163a9af412_nUnseasonable warm temperatures and low waters blamed on climate change are taking their toll on fish, prompting the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to close fishing on many rivers, including coastal streams above tidewater after 2 p.m. starting Saturday, July 18. “Earlier this month, we indicated that if these drought conditions continued, we may have to close or restrict some fisheries,” said Mike Gauvin, ODFW’s recreation fisheries manager. “These are difficult, but necessary actions to protect native fish already suffering from extreme drought conditions.”

ODFW already implemented emergency regulations on several rivers. In addition, trout stocking schedules and locations have been adjusted and some hatchery fish have been released early as a result of high water temperatures. Elevated water temperatures have led to salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon deaths in several rivers. “This doesn’t mean that all fishing has to stop,” Gauvin added. Most streams will still be open in the early hours when water temperatures are cool, and there are fishing opportunities in lakes, reservoirs for hatchery stocked rainbow trout, warmwater fish like, smallmouth bass or crappie, as well as all of the ocean fisheries.

For coast streams flowing directly into the ocean, trout, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing will close above the tidewater area at 2 p.m. and remain closed until sunrise the next day. The rules affect the entire length of all tributary streams.

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Health Advisory Issued For Soft Shell Clams

softshellclam2The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is issuing a health advisory for the length of the Oregon Coast for soft-shell clams because they contain high levels of naturally occurring arsenic. The advisory is most important for people who dig their own clams and target the specific species Mya arenaria, since these clams are not commercially available in markets or restaurants.

The advisory, issued today by the OHA Public Health Division, recommends removing the skin from the siphon, or “neck,” of soft-shell clams before eating them. Soft-shell clams are found primarily in estuary and intertidal regions of the Oregon coast. This advisory stems from tests the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) performed on a variety of shellfish species collected along the Oregon coast as part of its Water Quality Toxics Monitoring Program. Continue reading

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