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Newport and Waldport High Receive Bronze Awards

By Kiera Morgan

Newport CubsThere are 114 Oregon schools ranked among the 2015 U.S. News Best High Schools, including three with gold medals, 25 with silver medals and 86 with bronze medals. Newport High School received a bronze rating. At Newport High School, students have the opportunity to take International Baccalaureate course work and exams. The IB participation rate at Newport High School is 14 percent. Newport students showed 91% proficient in Reading and 80% proficient in math.

Waldport High School also received a bronze rating. Waldport High showed a 70% math proficiency and 92% for reading. U.S. News calculates test score values based on student performance on state exit exams and internationally available exams on college-level course work such as the AP and IB exams. waldport irish logoU.S. News calculated a College Readiness Index based on exam participation rates and percentages of students passing at least one exam. Overall student performance was one of the first of two steps in determining which schools received at least a bronze medal. To view the education rankings and learn more go online to http://www.usnews. com/education.

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New Years Day Fire In Waldport

By Kiera Morgan

Central Coast fireWaldport Fire and rescue responded to a fire on New Years’ Day at a home on Alsea Highway. When fire crews arrived they found smoke showing from the house. There were two people in the home at the time the fire broke out. They were able to get out of the house uninjured along with several pets including dogs, cats and birds. Fire crews with the help of Yachats and Seal Rock fire were able to quickly extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire was determined to be from combustibles placed too close to a wood stove.

Due to the extent of the damages to the home the fire department encouraged the residents of the home and their animals to evacuate as the home appeared uninhabitable and needed to be checked by a contractor and electrician. The Red Cross was called in to help provide disaster response volunteers to help the two adults and numerous pets. Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate basic needs and information about recovery. Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies assisted with traffic control.

One of the issues encountered by Waldport fire was trying to figure out how many pets were in the home. There are stickers that can be placed on your door that alert emergency personnel about the number and type of pets in your home should an emergency happen when you are away. Waldport Fire personnel also remind that during these cold temperatures be sure to place combustibles at least 3-feet from any heat source and make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home outside of and inside each bedroom. If you need help with purchasing a smoke alarm of need help with where alarms should be place you can contact your local fire department.

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Waldport Clinic Moves To New Location

Waldport clinicIn order to continue to meet the health care needs of the community the Waldport clinic will be moving into a new office, located at 920 SW Range Dr., on Dec. 21. “The new facility will provide ample space to increase the number of providers and services offered to the community, “commented Karen Miezio, director of primary care practices. “In addition to the services already provided, the clinic will be adding x-ray services and walk-in care.”

Samaritan Waldport Clinic has been proudly providing care to the city of Waldport and the surrounding area for approximately 45 years. The current team of providers includes Jennifer Wrazen, MD (pediatrics), Lee Vogelman, DO, Edward Taylor, PA, Francesca Melle, PA and our two newest providers, Travis Buzzard, MD and Carilyn Ellis, Psy.D. The providers are supported by an incredibly hard working team of certified medical assistants, licensed practical nurses, phlebotomist, receptionists, medical records clerk, referral specialist, RN care coordinator and the clinic manager of 18 years, Joan Seaman.

If you have an appointment scheduled after Dec. 21, please verify that the move has occurred as planned. You may call the clinic at 541-563-3197 or check online at Thank you for your patience and support during this transition.New clinic

Information and photos provided by SPCH

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Christmas Cupboard Looking For Donations To Help Families

12583The Christmas cupboard is a privately funded donation program located in Newport. We collect non perishable food items and new or like new toys. All items are delivered to local families within the Newport Waldport and Toledo areas before Christmas. Our donation barrels are located at Newport and Toledo JC markets, South Beach market, Lil JOE’S General store in Waldport ,Eternal Beauty Salon, Hair Nations and Coca Moca Joe’s. This Thursday (12/17) only bring your donations to Coca Moca Joe’s and receive 10% off your meal. All contributions for that day will be forwarded to the Christmas cupboard. Friday is our deadline so let’s fill these barrels thank you for your support Lincoln County.

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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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