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Red Cross In Need Of Blood During The Holiday Season

American Red CrossThis holiday season, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give something that means something – a blood or platelet donation. This simple, potentially lifesaving act can give patients in need another holiday season with loved ones. Daphne Mathew, communication manager of the Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region said during the winter months and especially around the holidays, blood donations tend to decline.

Long holiday weekends pose an extra challenge when many donors are traveling to be with family and friends.To encourage donations during the holiday those who come to give blood or platelets through November 29 will receive a limited-edition Red Cross mixing spoon with recipes from celebrity chefs while supplies last. There will be a blood drive today (11/27)  from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Lincoln City Outlets and tomorrow (11/28) from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at Waldport City Hall.

The Red Cross encourages people to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets and give a meaningful gift to a patient this holiday season – the gift of life. Blood donors with all types, especially O negative, B negative and A negative, are urged to give.Platelet donors and those with type AB blood are also continually needed. Donors can use Rapid Pass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or laptop. To make an appointment, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App at red cross blood dot org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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Port of Alsea Looks For Partners To Start Oyster Farming

Port of AlseaThe Port of Alsea Board of Commissioners met in a work session on November 4th. The port submitted their strategic business plan to the state and a big part of that according to Port of Alsea manager Roxie Cuellar is their work to get re-certified as an Oyster farm. The port is currently working on talking with some of the other oyster farms along the coast to see if there is interest in getting involved with the port in helping to be a partner in creating the oyster beds. Roxie said what the commissioners are hoping to find is a business that is willing to not only run the oyster farm but also to do the processing, that would create jobs in Waldport.

The commissioners also discussed the marina and its importance to the port. They talked about the dredging in the coming months. Roxie said the port is looking at ways of putting away some money to make needed repairs on the docks. The hope is to not only make the docks safer but also to extend their life expectancy by several more years. Also during the work session the port commissioners discussed what they would like to do with a residential lot they own behind the port office. There is a house on the property right now, which is in bad shape. The port is deciding if they want to demolition the building and if so what they would do with the property.

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Scientists, stakeholders discuss marbled murrelet challenges on forest field trip

FieldtripWaldport, OR – Last Friday, a group of scientists, forest managers from multiple agencies, and representatives of environmental groups, the timber industry, and forest stewardship groups spent a day in the woods talking about marbled murrelets, the elusive seabird that nests in coastal forests and whose population is declining along the west coast.

Marbled murrelets, which have been listed as threatened since 1992, nest on large branches of old-growth or mature trees. While efforts have been made in Oregon to protect existing nesting habitat and accelerate the development of habitat through forest restoration projects, scientists suspect that high numbers of predators like jays, crows, and ravens (known as corvids) may be one of the primary reasons murrelet populations are not recovering.

The recent field trip was an opportunity for individuals and groups involved in forest management to learn about the latest murrelet research and to discuss related management opportunities and challenges. “There is no simple solution to the marbled murrelet challenge, but field trips like this one, where we have agency staff, scientists, industry folks, and environmental groups all engaging in constructive, positive dialogue about how to address the problem, inspire me,” said Jerry Ingersoll, Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor.

Topics that were discussed include how thinning may influence the ability of corvids to prey on murrelet nests; if forested buffers are a good tool to reduce the risk of predators to murrelet nests; what other actions, such as covering dumpsites and lidding dumpsters, are needed in neighboring communities to reduce the local corvid population; and, how does human activity and recreation impact murrelets.

Fieldtrip 2While no management decisions were made on the field trip, the conversations and networking it facilitated is a great step forward for a complex management challenge. “Improving murrelet habitat will be a long term effort that’s going to require collaboration to be successful,” said Paul Engelmeyer, Audubon’s Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary Manager. “I was pleased with the constructive dialogue we had on the field trip and feel optimistic that as long as we continue in the same spirit we’ll be on the right track.”

Andy Geissler, Western Oregon Field Forester with the American Forest Resource Council, shared that sentiment, saying, “AFRC is always happy to join together with diverse stakeholders to address challenging issues. We look forward to participating in finding a practical path forward that will accommodate the much needed restoration work on our federal lands.”

Along with its partners, the Siuslaw National Forest looks forward to future opportunities to bring scientists and stakeholders together to learn from each other and share ideas related to our mutual goals of restoring and managing a healthy forest ecosystem while maintaining healthy communities.

Photo captions: Hawes_field trip – Casey Hawes of Siuslaw National Forest discusses different forest management techniques; Tuerler_field trip – Bridgette Tuerler of US Fish and Wildlife Service discusses recent marbled murrelet research

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Waldport Crabbers Upset About Dock Closure

By Larry Coonrod

The Port of Alsea recently closed its east dock to the public after conflicts between recreational crabbers and commercial crab vessels moored there. The recreational boat docks and crabbing platform remain open. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

The Port of Alsea recently closed its east dock to the public after conflicts between recreational crabbers and commercial crab vessels moored there. The recreational boat docks and crabbing platform remain open. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)

WALDPORT—The Port of Alsea angered many recreational crabbers when it recently decided to close one dock to all crabbing. Port Director Roxie Cuellar said the move came after the loss of a $10,000 Oregon State Marine Board grant forced the port to dedicate the east dock — adjacent to the crabbing platform — to commercial vessels. Marine board officials were apparently dismayed to discover that a grant to promote recreational boating was in effect benefiting commercial vessels.

Currently five commercial boats use the east dock – four bay crabbers and a sand shrimper. Consolidating the commercial boats on one dock caused conflict between the boat owners and recreational crabbers, leading port officials to close it to the public. In one incident, crabbers initially refused to move their pots from a returning boat’s moorage space, Cuellar said. Although they eventually relented, as soon as the boat tied up the crabbers threw their crab pots and lines over the boat.

“That almost resulted in a physical fight,” Cuellar said. “It was that kind of thing that made us think let’s close that dock off.” There was a report of at least one theft from a crab vessel as well. Cuellar said it is common for ports to restrict recreational crabbing and fishing from commercial docks to avoid conflicts between vessel owners and crabbers. Recreational crabbers are still welcome and encouraged to use the recreational boat docks and the large crabbing platform maintained by the port, Cuellar said. “If we really felt that we were depriving people of the opportunity to crab here, it would more of a concern, but there really is ample room for crabbing,” Cuellar said. “Some of the people who have come in are concerned about the fact that commercial crabbing is allowed here, but that’s up to the state. We don’t have anything to do with that.”

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Swimmer Rescued By Coast Guard

Coast Guard helicopterA Coast Guard aircrew rescued a swimmer who was reportedly showing signs of hypothermia in Alsea Bay near Waldport, Friday evening (9/18). An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport hoisted the man at 7:38 p.m. and transported him to Newport Hospital for medical treatment. An onlooker on shore contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend around 7 p.m. requesting assistance after she lost sight of the swimmer. Watchstanders launched both the Dolphin crew and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay in Newport. “Even with a wet suit, this man was showing signs of hypothermia,” said Lt. Loren Sancineto, who piloted the helicopter during the hoist. “This case confirms the importance of wearing proper safety gear, especially in cold water conditions. Without it, he would have been in even greater peril.” The weather at the time of the rescue was reported to be clear skies with 2-to-4-foot waves and water temperature of 57 degrees.

Information and photo provided by USCG

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Waldport Crash Kills One And Seriously Injures Two

DSCN5473On August 22, 2015 at approximately 4:57pm, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle traffic crash in the 600 Block of E. Eckman Creek Road, Waldport, Oregon. Upon arrival, deputies learned the driver of the vehicle, 37 year old Zachary John Pedro, and the two passengers, 32 year old Mandi Lee Sagraves and 36 year old Phillip Ross Olson, all three of Waldport, were being treated for serious injuries by fire and rescue personnel. All three occupants were transported by ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport.

The Lincoln County Major Crash Team was dispatched to the scene to assist with the investigation. Collision Re-constructionists determined the vehicle, a black 1999 four-door Volkswagon Jetta operated by Pedro, was traveling northbound on E. Eckman Creek Road and entered a curve too fast for conditions  in which the driver had no control over the vehicle, which began a lateral slide. The vehicle struck an address sign post before impacting an embankment where it came to rest. The vehicle sustained extensive driver side damage as a result of the impact. Continue reading

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Get Ready Lincoln County Community Resiliency Presentation And Emergency Readiness Fair.

Get Ready Lincoln County 2015, Sept 12The Event is Free and Open to the Public!

Community Resiliency: What we can learn from Joplin, 10:00 – 11:30 am , Samaritan Center for Health Education Center, 740 SW 9th St, Newport, Oregon (free event to the public)
Get Ready Lincoln County, Emergency Readiness Fair, 12:00 – 3:00 pm, Lincoln County Fairgrounds, 633 NE 3rd St, Newport, Oregon (free event to the public)

The readiness fair will provide various booths with educational information, demonstrations on how to mitigate hazards in your home, business or community places of gathering. Local public safety representatives and volunteers will be on hand to help guide attendees or answer the “How to”, “What if” and “Why should I” type questions they may have. Local vendors will be on hand with emergency readiness kits, gadgets, and nutritional items, etc. to help you in your preparedness efforts. Featured exhibits at the fair include:
Children’s Bike Helmets, Fitting of and Bike Safety Rodeo, sponsored by Northwest Natural Gas and Newport Police Department
Travel size Emergency Red Cross Kits – to the first 100 attendee’s, sponsored by American Red Cross and Northwest Natural Gas
Emergency Go Kit (1 Day Adult Kit) Door Prize (2 each), sponsored by the Office of Oregon Emergency Management
Key Note Speaker, Director Lane Roberts, Missouri Department of Public Safety, Community Resiliency: What we can learn from Joplin, presentation prior to readiness fair (see location, time information below), sponsored by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

Just In Time Training Topics
Prepare in a Year:
Water resiliency for home and on the go
Handwashing, how clean is clean?
What’s C.E.R.T. got to do with it? (Community Emergency Response Teams)
The Wiggle Watcher Challenger – activity stations on important aspects of earthquakes and tsunamis
Pets and animals in disasters: Go or stay…What do you need to be ready?
Emergency Kits: Make your own, purchase premade, benefits of both and examples
Food Ration Bars: Taste before you buy…samples, samples, samples
Getting Back to Business – continuity planning for businesses
Amateur Radio – What’s your downtime family communication if your cell phone won’t ring?
Emergency Preparedness Trivia: Put on your game face and show us what you know
Utility Safety: What you should know about gas and electricity safety
Marine and Water Safety: Are you sure you’re ready to take on the sea’s, river or the surf?
Emergency Medical Transportation/Care Services: Life Flight, Reach, Pacific West Ambulance
Know Before You Go: National Weather Service and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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