Wednesday evening June 24th a fire was reported about six miles north of Siletz on the eastside of Hwy 229 in the Euchre Creek area. Two Oregon Department of Forestry units responded just after 9 pm to find a large slash pile burning uncontrolled. The fire was contained at approximately 11:30 pm and is roughly ½ acre in size. The fire appears to be human caused but is still under investigation. Any information is encouraged to be reported to Joe Hitselberger with Toledo ODF at 541-336-2273.
Effective June 25, 2015:
Due to increased fire danger, Plum Creek Timber’s property is closed to public access. This closure is effective immediately. The Siletz Gorge Mainline Road is open to walk-in access on weekdays. No motorized vehicles are allowed during the week. At his time, motor vehicle access is allowed on weekends. Access is for river recreation only. Side roads off the Siletz Gorge Mainline road are closed to all public access. As changes occur, an updated message is available by calling 541-336-6229.
On June 13, 2015 at about 6:45 PM, Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a single vehicle multiple injury traffic crash on Logsden Road about a half of a mile east of Siletz. Upon arrival deputies discovered a black Scion in the ditch that appeared to have flipped or rolled over causing at least one of the four occupants of the vehicle to be ejected.
One of the passengers had suffered serious injury and the other two passengers suffered minor injuries. The driver, identified as Christopher Lorenzo Garza age 22 of Siletz, exhibited signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests. Garza was taken into custody for DUII.
The Multi Agency Crash Team was activated, which consists of members from the DA’s Office, OSP, officers from the Newport Police Department, the Toledo Police Department, The Lincoln City Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT. The MACT investigation revealed that Garza was driving westbound on Logsden Road at a high rate of speed when he failed to negotiate a curve at about milepost .5 and lost control of his vehicle.
Garza was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail where he is charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, 3 counts of Recklessly Endangering, and two counts of Assault in the Third Degree resulting in a bail of $175,000.00.
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On May 20, 2015, a Siletz resident reported her female dog was missing from the front of her residence. With help from the Siletz community, information was brought forward to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office that the dog had possibly been stolen, prompting an investigation. It was reported that two women were seen with the dog the day she was reported missing and through generous help of the Siletz Tribal Staff, two suspects were identified in the case.
A Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office interviewed the suspects and was eventually able to locate the dog and reunite her with her family. This investigation is on-going while possible criminal charges are being reviewed. Theft of domestic pets is a Class C Felony in the State of Oregon. Continue reading
The Siletz Tribal Council approved marriage and dissolution of marriage ordinances during its meeting on May 15, 2015. The ordinances apply equally to couples of the opposite sex and to same-sex couples (at least one person of each couple must be a Siletz Tribal member for the laws to apply). The ordinances became effective upon approval. The Tribal Council’s actions followed a General Council advisory vote that favored the passage of both ordinances by a 336 (yes) to 169 (no) vote. Those eligible to cast an advisory vote included all enrolled members age 18 and older. The General Council comprises all of the 5,001 members of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.
There was some concern with the call for an advisory vote of the membership before the council’s final enacting vote because it could give the impression that the Tribe believes it appropriate for equality issues to be decided that way, or that a simple majority vote can legislate discrimination – if the ballot count turns out that way. But with this being an advisory vote and not a binding vote, it went forward. “The Siletz Tribe is committed as a government to serve its people well and treat all members with the respect, dignity and equal protections under Tribal law that they deserve,” said Robert Kentta, Tribal Council member.
“When approached with the request for the Siletz Tribal Council to establish a Siletz Tribal Marriage Ordinance – and for it to be specifically inclusive of same-sex couples and treat all adult Tribal members equally in this regard – it was a fairly simple process to get that ball rolling. We did not have an existing ordinance that dealt with recognition of marriages to amend, so our new marriage law is inclusive from its inception. It is also important to recognize that ancient Tribal traditions, beliefs and practices that amount to the law of our ancestors are consistent with the concepts of marriage equality in the ordinances just passed.” Continue reading
Native Americans have been asking state leaders to ban tribal themed mascots for years, names like Warriors, Indians, Chieftains, and Braves. The state board studied the issue for years before agreeing, in 2012, to do so. The board ordered all schools with Native Americans mascots to choose new ones. Those who didn’t would lose state funding. Some state senators proposed bill that would allow some school to keep their name, however Governor Kitzhauber vetoed a 2013 proposed bill. A year later Kitzhauber agreed to allow schools that have the approval of an Oregon tribe to use a mascot with tribal significance. The 2014 bill also directed the state board to come up with the rules for the agreement process. State officials created work groups to develop the rules and propose an amendment to existing standards that would allow some tribal mascots. Workgroup members spoke with members of nine federally recognized tribes. Some, such as the Confederated Tribe of The Siletz Indians, did want to allow the local high school to use a tribal mascot.
The Siletz Watershed Council held its 12th annual Siletz River clean-up on Saturday April 11. According to Conrad Gowell, Siletz Watershed Council coordinator it was a great success and efforts at removing trash from the river all these years seems to have paid off. Many volunteers noted that the river seemed noticeably cleaner this year. There was a lot of trash that came from long ago practices that have been exposed over time with floods and erosion.
There were 10 drift boats and 2 sled boats and the skippers and passengers enjoyed the river as they worked to clean it up. Additional volunteers helped from the land side.Gowell said they covered about 40 miles of the river and collected 1090 lbs of trash according to Dahl Disposal records. This was down from 4000 lbs collected last year even though they had a lot of volunteers.
Gowell added there were many people and businesses to thank in making this event a successful one. There were great raffle prizes for each of the 45 participants, including two beautiful fishing rods. Coffee and donuts started the day and an after- event chili and hot dog feed kept everyone happy. Garbage bags were provided by SOLVE which also helped pay for signs and posters to promote the event.
Gowell said this was a great chance to have fun and give back at the same time. The river provides excellent fishing, clean-water for drinking, and beauty. Everyone wants to keep it that way and they show up or donate food or gifts. He concluded that it is very gratifying.
Lincoln County Assessor’s Office will be conducting a physical reappraisal of all residential properties within the cities of Toledo and Siletz. County Appraisers will be driving marked vehicles and carrying Assessors Office identification. Physical reappraisals are routinely conducted to update the Lincoln County assessment records and maintain equitable assessments. The reappraised values in Toledo and Siletz will be reflected on the 2015-16 tax roll which will be mailed in late October 2015.
Appraisal and assessment questions may be directed to the appraisal staff or the Chief Appraiser at (541) 265-4102. The Assessor’s counter will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The computer terminal access in the second floor hallway outside the Assessor’s Office will also be available Monday through Friday 8:30 am through 5:00 pm. Access to Assessor’s Office maps and prior years value information continues to be available on the Assessors web page at http://www.co.lincoln.or.us