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New Ojalla Boat Slide Offers Easy Access to Siletz River

Ojalla Boat Slide Siletz RiverBoaters now have easy access to the Siletz River off highway 229 near Lincoln City, with the recently completed Ojalla boat slide. Drift boat anglers have safe access to prime salmon and steelhead fishing while paddlers (kayakers a nd canoeists) have year-round recreational use of this section of the river.

“The first fall rains typically spark the lower river salmon fishery for both fall chinook and coho salmon and that fishery can be productive into December,” said Derek Wilson, fisheries biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). “Anglers can then go after winter steelhead through March and into June for summer steelhead, so this new slide provides a good eight months of access to excellent fishing opportunities.”

For decades, paddlers have parked on the side of the road near the Ojalla Bridge and carried their drift boats or other boats down the bank into the Siletz River, which eroded the bank, increased sediment in the water and posed safety risks. Boaters and anglers wanted developed access on this section of the river and provided valuable slide design and location input to the Marine Board, ODFW and Lincoln County Parks.

This project was a cooperative effort that began in 2010. Keith Andresen from Lincoln County Parks contacted the Marine Board and began conversations with ODFW, who owns the land and leases it to Lincoln County for operation and maintenance. Andresen oversaw every aspect of the project for the county and the sub-contractors to bring the project into focus.

Lincoln County received a total of $375,800, ODFW provided $295,575 of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Sport Fish Restoration boat ramp funds and the Marine Board provided $80,225 in state boater funds toward the project. Lincoln County also contributed $35,000 cash and in-kind services.

This project was a true collaboration since it is the first boat slide project designed by Marine Board engineers, patterned after a design developed by ODFW. The slide is 107 feet long with a 14 percent upper slope and 43 percent lower slope that can accommodate drift boats, canoes and kayaks. The slide structure contains over 60 cubic yards of concrete, 10,000 pounds of steel, and 260 square feet of cedar lumber (with an expected life of 15-20 years).

Although the slide is not ADA accessible, the 16 boat trailer spaces, eight single car spaces and a single stall vault toilet areADA accessible.

In addition to constructing the new slide, grant dollars also helped pay for environmental work that included extensive bank restoration, plantings and invasive species removal to restore the eroded bank. The site design also included construction of an infiltration basin to collect and treat stormwater.

View a slideshow the new Ojalla slide and learn different launching techniques at

Story by Oregon Marine Board.

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Ribbon Cutting At Ojalla Park

Lincoln County bannerLincoln County Parks in cooperation with the Oregon State Marine Board and Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife recently completed the new Ojalla Park improvements. These improvements include a new boat slide with stairs to the river, parking for boat trailers, single car parking, and a new vault restroom. Lincoln County applied for and received grants from the Oregon State Marine Board and Oregon
Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Sport Fish Restoration funds. The project was bid out and the successful bidder was Devils Lake Rock Co. of Lincoln City. The project costs amounted to just under $400,000 for the improvements. The Marine Board contributed $74,725 and the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife contributed $295,575, with Lincoln County paying the remainder. Lincoln County will have a ribbon cutting on October 15, 2015 at 10:00 am at Ojalla Park. This event is open to the public.

Directions to Ojalla Park: Take Highway 20 East from Newport to the Toledo Junction, turn North on Highway 229, proceed 3 miles past the City of Siletz to mile post 20.5. This is approximately 16.5 miles from Newport.

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Planned Power Outage

Pacific Power logoApproximately 1,360 Pacific Power customers from Siletz Highway south, through the Salishan area to all of Gleneden Beach, including the north end of Coronado Shores will be without electricity overnight Wednesday, Oct 7 and into Thursday morning so Pacific Power crews can safely replace essential electrical equipment and facilities.

The outage is scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. Wednesday night, Oct. 7 and could last until 7 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, although power will be restored at the first opportunity. Customers in the affected area have been notified individually about the outage. Lodging and restaurant operators are encouraged to make sure their guests are aware of the interruption, as well.

“Pacific Power needs to shut off power temporarily to upgrade some essential equipment,” said Alan Meyer, Pacific Power regional business manager. “We have timed the outage to minimize inconvenience to our customers,” If customers have questions about the planned outage, they can call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070. Any outages during that time in other parts of the community should continue to be reported to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

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High Speed Pursuit Ends In Arrest

MaleyOn August 13th  a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputy was on patrol in Siletz. At the intersection of NE Old River Road and Judd Road the deputy saw a white Honda Accord  cutting across in front of him onto Judd Rd. The Accord was going very fast for the turn and went completely into the oncoming traffic almost hitting a sedan head-on.

As Sgt. Meister attempted to stop the vehicle the driver accelerated away and a short pursuit ensued. After a few minutes, various turns through a small Tribal housing unit at speeds less than 50 MPH, the vehicle came to a stop in a field near a wooded area. The driver and a passenger fled on foot and evaded capture. The vehicle was impounded and later returned to the owner who and loaned it to one of the vehicle occupants.

An investigation and use of the high definition video system equipped in the patrol vehicle resulted in the identification of the driver who fled from the vehicle. He was identified as Carl James Maley, age 28 of Siletz. Maley was already wanted on a Parole Board Felony warrant.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) was assigned to locate Maley and take him into custody on the warrant and the charges related to the pursuit. On August 21, 2015 at about 10:30 AM the CRU located Maley in a vehicle in Siletz. After another brief foot pursuit Maley was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the no bail Felony warrant. Maley was also charged with Felony Eluding Police with a $50,000.00 bail, Misdemeanor Eluding Police with a $15,000.00 bail, and Reckless Driving with a $15,000.00 bail. Maley was additional cited for Driving While Suspended violation.

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Couple Arrested For Assault In Siletz

Ashley and JohnathanOn August 8th, 2015, at approximately 7:13pm Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Gautney was dispatched to the Siletz Tribal Pow Wow event on a report that a male subject was approached by his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend and a verbal confrontation ensued. Deputy Gautney made contact with the caller and determined no crime had been committed at that time. At approximately 8:19pm deputies were dispatched to an assault involving the same caller in the Takelma Ct. apartment complex in Siletz.

The investigation revealed the adult male victim had returned to his home when his ex-girlfriend, 23 year old Ashley Regalado of Siletz, showed up with her new boyfriend, 25 year old Johnathan Harmon of Siletz. Harmon and Regalado confronted the victim which resulted in a physical fight between them and the victim. The victim was able to fight back and both suspects left the scene.

The victim received non-life threatening injuries which did not require immediate medical attention.Harmon received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital where he was treated and released. Harmon and Regalado were arrested and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on one count of Assault in the third degree, a class C Felony. Their bail was set at $50,000 each.

Deputies were assisted on scene by the Toledo Police Department, PacWest Ambulance and the Siletz Fire Department.

Information provided by LCSO

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Two From Siletz Cited For Animal Abuse

sheriffs-tip-of-the-week-6-11-122On the morning of October 27, 2014, Animal Services Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a severely weak and malnourished puppy that was brought in for treatment at a local veterinary office. Subsequent calls of additional sick puppies led to an investigation which revealed puppies being distributed/sold from a residence in the 300 block of SW Siletz River Rd, Siletz. It was determined unsatisfactory living conditions and lack of minimum care had led to the verified death of at least one puppy and severe illness of others.

On June 25, 2015, Keegan Gray, 25 years old, of Siletz, was issued citations for two counts of Animal Neglect I, a class A Misdemeanor, and four counts of Animal Neglect II, a class B Misdemeanor, with combined bail set at $70,000.

On July 9, 2015, Sierra Moon, 21 years old, of Siletz, was also issued citations for Animal Neglect I, and Animal Neglect II, with bail set at $25,000. Continuing investigation may reveal further charges involving additional puppies born since the original reports.

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Seal Rock Burglary Suspect Also Arrested For Meth

CameronBetween June 19th, 2015 and June 23rd, 2015 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office investigated two residential burglaries in the Seal Rock area. Detectives from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Crime Reduction Unit assisted with the investigation and were subsequently able to develop suspect information.

On June 29th, 2015 Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective’s located the suspect, Danielle E. Cameron, 30, of Siletz in her vehicle in the Newport area and contacted her on a traffic stop in the 500 block of NE 5th St within a block of Newport High School. Cameron was interviewed and admitted to committing both of the burglaries in Seal Rock. Cameron was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on Burglary and Theft Charges. Cameron’s vehicle was seized as evidence.

On July 1st, 2015 Detective’s served a search warrant on Cameron’s vehicle and recovered property reported stolen in one of the burglaries and seized approximately 12.88 grams of suspected methamphetamine, and drug related paraphernalia. Cameron was additionally charged with Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) within 1000′ feet of a school, and Unlawful possession of a controlled substance with a bail of $1,050,000.00.

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