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Two Pedestrians Struck On Hwy 229

OSP bannerMonday morning December 28th around 11am State Police Trooper Wertz responded to a report of two pedestrians struck by a car on Hwy 229. Investigation showed three pedestrians were walking southbound on Highway 229 near milepost 23. The 71-year old driver of a southbound Ford F-150 truck collided with at least two of the pedestrians. The third pedestrian, an 11-year old juvenile was not injured. One pedestrian a 61-year old from Siletz was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital by Pac West ambulance with undisclosed serious injuries. The second pedestrian struck a 39-year old Toledo woman was treated at the scene and released. ODOT, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies and Siletz Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene. The investigation is on-going and no citations have been issued at this time.

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Flood Warning For The Siletz And Alsea Rivers

Flood pictures at fun river on the Siletz. (photos by Lori Anderson)

Flood pictures at fun river on the Siletz. (photos by Lori Anderson)

Due to high water on the roadway, Lincoln County Road Department has closed Eckman Creek Road at MP 1 to both lanes of traffic. Closed until further notice. (See below)

Eckman Creek Road 12.18.15Hwy 229 has a two hour delay at milepost 14-15 due to high water. The roadway is also getting high water at milepost 9-17. Water is reported on the roadway over 1-foot and passenger cars are advised not to use the roadway here.

A flood warning is also in affect throughout today as rains are expected to continue today. Flood warnings are in affect for the Alsea and the Siletz Rivers in Lincoln County. The Siletz River crested close to 19-feet last night and is expected to remain around 17-feet today. Those who live on or travel Hwy 229 near the Siletz River are encouraged to be alert for high water and changing conditions to the roadway. The Alsea River is expected to crest around 19-feet today also causing low lying flooding and high water on the roadway on hwy 34.

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Missing Otis Man Located

IMG_4692On December 11, 2015 at approximately 5:08pm, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a missing adult male who left his residence before daylight en route to a logging site on the 900 Road located north of the Siletz Gorge. The subject reportedly never made it to the job site and was overdue to return home. Deputies responded to the subject’s residence in Otis to investigate. Deputies learned 66 year old Otis resident Roger D. Williamson left his residence and was expected to travel to the logging site via USFS Road 17 to Gravel Creek Road and east to the 900 Road located near the Lincoln and Polk County border. Williamson was reportedly operating a red 1990 Jeep Cherokee.

Lincoln County Search and Rescue members along with family members and private citizens searched the routes leading to the area of the job site throughout the night but were unable to locate Williamson or his vehicle. On December 12, 2015 at approximately 9:05am, deputies searching the area of Werner Road near the Highway 229 intersection were contacted by logging employees returning from an unrelated logging operation who reported a co-worker had assisted a male subject matching the description of Williamson the previous afternoon. The co-worker reportedly assisted the subject who was stuck in a ditch on Werner Road in the area of Milepost 1.5 in a red Jeep Cherokee. The subject was reported as acting disoriented and was last seen traveling east on Werner Road. Continue reading

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Coastal Storm And Flood Warning For The Siletz

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The National Weather service and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has issued a flood warning for the Siletz River with a forecast of minor flooding until Wednesday evening. All other rivers in Lincoln County are under a flood advisory. Those who live on or travel Hwy 229, near the Siletz River are encouraged to be alert to changing conditions and possible water over the roadways.Above 25 ft, expect major flooding, with possible evacuations of residences and areas along the Siletz between mile post 2.5 and mile post 5 on State Highway 229 near Sunset Landing downstream to Coyote Rock. Stay tuned to local media sources and law enforcement information for details. Above 20 ft, expect widespread flooding downstream. Increased flooding can be expected in the housing development downstream from Mack Landing. Numerous private roads and a trailor park between mile post 2.5 and mile post 5 near Sunset Landing to Coyote Rock are flooded. Flooding may be exacerbated during high tide. Above 18 ft, expect minor flooding of a small housing development near mile post 8 down stream from Mack Landing. Widespread lowland and pasture land flooding also occurs at this level. Flooding may be exacerbated during high tide. Above 16 ft, expect minor lowland flooding and minor flooding of some structures and roads along the Siletz River. Flooding may be exacerbated during high tide.

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Missing Teen From Siletz Found In Toledo

dANNY Reed

On December 6th, 2015, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a location on Old River Rd near Siletz, OR for a missing 15yo named Daniel Reed who suffers from Autism. Reed had left home early that morning at about 6:00am. Upon discovering him missing, family members contacted law enforcement for assistance.

At about 11:00am, deputies were in the area and checking likely places he may have gone. Lincoln County SAR Coordinator Deputy Bruce McGuire was contacted and activated the Lincoln County Search and Rescue Team to respond. Searchers along with family members searched the area starting at the home and working down Old River Rd toward the town of Siletz.

Information on the search was placed on social media and responses back gave searchers several leads to follow up on but no indication as to the location of Daniel Reed. The searchers worked until 830pm searching for Reed and could not locate him. Due to weather and darkness and the safety of the searchers, the search was suspended until the following morning.

Resources from the community and SAR teams from four surrounding counties were contacted to assist in the search the following morning. Searchers from Lane, Tillamook, Benton and Polk County Sheriff’s Office were contacted and agreed to respond. Continue reading

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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 https://youtu.be/9Qr4Wqc1V1M.

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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